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Certification and Accreditation (C&A)

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s): Definition(s):

  Certification involves the testing and evaluation of the technical and nontechnical security features of an IT system to determine its compliance with a set of specified security requirements. Accreditation is a process whereby a Designated Approval Authority (DAA) or other authorizing management official authorizes an IT system to operate for a specific purpose using a defined set of safeguards at an acceptable level of risk.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-47

  seeCertificationandAccreditation.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-16 under Approval to Operate