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Security Automation Essentials: Streamlined Enterprise Security Management & Monitoring with SCAP by Greg Witte, Shane Shaffer, Matt Kerr, Melanie Cook

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Chapter 2
What Is SCAP?
 
In Chapter 1, we mentioned the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP), a well-known security automation protocol that is used throughout the world. In this chapter, we will provide more detail about SCAP’s history, its composition, and how the individual pieces fit together. This chapter is intended to show you the big picture and whet your appetite for what’s to come in later chapters that examine SCAP in much greater technical detail.
THE HISTORY OF SCAP
The original motivation behind developing SCAP was the need to automate execution of security checklists (as discussed in Chapter 1). Although many organizations ...

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