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SA-05 Information System Documentation

Control: The organization obtains, protects as required, and makes available to authorized personnel, adequate documentation for the information system.

Supplemental Guidance: Documentation includes administrator and user guides with information on: (i) configuring, installing, and operating the information system; and (ii) effectively using the system’s security features. When adequate information system documentation is either unavailable or non existent (e.g., due to the age of the system or lack of support from the vendor/manufacturer), the organization documents attempts to obtain such documentation and provides compensating security controls, if needed.

Control Enhancements:

(1) The organization includes, in addition to administrator and user guides, documentation, if available from the vendor/manufacturer, describing the functional properties of the security controls employed within the information system with sufficient detail to permit analysis and testing of the controls.

(2) The organization includes, in addition to administrator and user guides, documentation, if available from the vendor/manufacturer, describing the design and implementation details of the security controls employed within the information system with sufficient detail to permit analysis and testing of the controls (including functional interfaces among control components).

Baseline: LOW SA-5 MOD SA-5 (1) HIGH SA-5 (1) (2)

Family: System And Services Acquisition

Class: Management

ISO 17799 mapping: 10.7.4

COBIT 4.1 mapping: DS5.7

PCI-DSS v2 mapping: None.