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Actual State

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  The observable state or behavior of an assessment object (device, software, person, credential, account, etc.) at the point in time when the collector generates security-related information. In particular, the actual state includes the states or behaviors that might indicate the presence of security defects.
Source(s):
NISTIR 8011 Vol. 1