The Center for Internet Security (CIS) and Tenable partnered together to create a guide to help customers understand how to implement the CIS Controls. Starting with the SANS Top 20 Controls published several years ago, Tenable has continuously helped customers leverage Tenable.sc to understand their security posture using these controls. CIS Controls version 7.1 introduced the concept of Implementation Groups (IGs), which are self-assessed categories for organizations based on specific cybersecurity attributes. The security community has assessed the CIS Controls and identified these 20 controls to be reasonable for an organization to implement. By grouping the controls into horizontal cuts across each control, the implementation is easier to understand and integrate into security operations. These controls require several different scans and audit actions to verify the IG1 requirements are being implemented. This dashboard is used with the CIS Control Assessment Specification (CAS) to show organizations how to measure the controls supported by Tenable.sc.
To aid customers, CIS produced a Control Assessment Specification (CAS), which provides a very detailed set of input, metrics, and other details about how to measure the compliance. The 20 CIS Controls™ are broken down into 3 section, they are: Basic, Foundational, and Organizational. The Basic section (first 6 controls) are commonly referred to as the “cyber hygiene” controls. Tenable established Cyber Exposure as an emerging discipline for managing and measuring cybersecurity risk in the digital era.
Tenable has extended this guidance with a CIS Deployment guide. This report is designed to work hand-in-hand with the CIS Deployment guide. The components and tables contained in this report refer to specific queries and information requested from the CAS. Taking into consideration that the organization has a functioning active scanning program, the report should initially populate with valuable information that will assist with understanding of the IG1 requirements. While this report focuses on IG1, the data collected is often beneficial for all IG levels. In some cases the data collected is a requirement for IG2, but will be beneficial in IG1.
Additionally Tenable.sc has a new audit file type that allows the risk manager or CISO to input data often required in a compliance report, but is not a technical control, for example, the file name of a corporate policy. These checks are added with use of the “CAS Implementation Group 1 Audit File.” This audit file helps drive focus on more administrative controls, such as: Does a policy exist and where is the file located? Many times the risk managers are asked to provide a single report to auditors to provide all the data related to the audit. With this new audit file feature, risk managers and security teams can ask these types of audit questions and provide the answers. The first cells provide an indicator of the data collection process. If the answers are any value other than the default of “None” or “No”, the “Data Collected” indicator will be enabled. For any of the questions that are still the default, “Data Missing” will be enabled. Each of the controls with questions present in the audit file have a separate but related question.
This report should be used in conjunction with the corresponding dashboard available here:
This report is meant to support the CIS Controls Assessment Specification and the "Implementing the CIS Control Assessment Specification (CAS)" dashboard. The reports is broken down into the following main chapters
This report is available in the Tenable.sc Feed, a comprehensive collection of dashboards, reports, Assurance Report Cards, and assets. The report can be easily located in the Tenable.sc Feed under the category Compliance & Configuration Assessment. The dashboard requirements are:
- Tenable.sc 5.15.0
- Nessus 8.11.1
- CAS Implementation Group 1 Audit File
Tenable provides organizations with the means to effectively address a number of the security challenges with implementation of the CIS Controls v7 and assists with navigating the CAS. Tenable.sc CV is the most strategic source to start a cyber hygiene program for both public and private sector organizations, making foundational cybersecurity more affordable, accessible, and actionable. Tenable is the first and only vendor to automate both the implementation and auditing of an organization’s adherence to IG1, maximizing limited budgets and resource-constrained teams. Tenable.sc and CAS together help organizations transform the controls into actionable cybersecurity recommendations and integrate basic cyber hygiene across their operations.
This report contains:
Executive Summary: This chapter provides executives with high-level understanding of the CIS Control Assessment Specification (CAS). Information in this section replicates information present in the Implementing the CIS Control Assessment Specification (CAS) dashboard.
The remainder of the guide contains individual CIS Control Chapters. These chapters provides a series of matrices and tables displaying information that is valuable to organizations implementing the CIS Controls within Implementation Group 1. The matrices and tables are created using different criteria.