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concept of operations (CONOP)

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

CONOP
CONOPS
security concept of operations

Definition(s):

  A security-focused description of a system, its operational policies, classes of users, interactions between the system and its users, and the system’s contribution to the operational mission. Note 1: The security concept of operations may address security for other life cycle concepts associated with the deployed system. These include, for example, concepts for sustainment, logistics, maintenance, and training. Note 2: Security concept of operations is not the same as concept for secure function. Concept for secure function addresses the design philosophy for the system and is intended to achieve a system that is able to be used in a trustworthy secure manner. The security concept of operations must be consistent with the concept for secure function.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-160 under security concept of operations [Superseded] (CNSSI 4009 - Adapted)

  See security concept of operations.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015

  A security-focused description of a system, its operational policies, classes of users, interactions between the system and its users, and the system’s contribution to the operational mission. Note 1: The security concept of operations may address security for other life cycle concepts associated with the deployed system. These include, for example, concepts for sustainment, logistics, maintenance, and training. Note 2: Security concept of operations is not the same as concept for secure function. Concept for secure function addresses the design philosophy for the system and is intended to achieve a system that is able to be used in a trustworthy secure manner. The security concept of operations must be consistent with the concept for secure function.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-160 under security concept of operations [Superseded] (CNSSI 4009 - Adapted)