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NIST Publishes Recommendations for Federal Vulnerability Disclosure Guidelines: NIST SP 800-216 Now Available
May 24, 2023

Internal and external reporting of security vulnerabilities in software and information systems owned or utilized by the Federal Government is critical to mitigating risk, establishing a robust security posture, and maintaining transparency and trust with the public. Formalizing actions to accept, assess, and manage vulnerability disclosure reports can help reduce known security vulnerabilities and exposures.

NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-216, Recommendations for Federal Vulnerability Disclosure Guidelines, describes a flexible, unified framework for establishing policies and implementing procedures for reporting, assessing, and managing vulnerability disclosures for systems within the Federal Government. Per the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 (Public Law 116-207) and in alignment with ISO/IEC 29147 and ISO/IEC30111, these guidelines address:

  • The establishment of a federal vulnerability disclosure framework, including the Federal Coordination Body (FCB) and Vulnerability Disclosure Program Offices (VDPOs)
  • The receipt of information about potential security vulnerabilities in information systems owned or controlled by a government agency
  • The dissemination of information about security vulnerability resolutions to government agencies and the public

NIST led this government-wide effort in coordination with other agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Created May 23, 2023, Updated May 24, 2023