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interconnection security agreement (ISA)

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

Definition(s):

  A document that regulates security-relevant aspects of an intended connection between an agency and an external system. It regulates the security interface between any two systems operating under two different distinct authorities. It includes a variety of descriptive, technical, procedural, and planning information. It is usually preceded by a formal MOA/MOU that defines high- level roles and responsibilities in management of a cross-domain connection.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015

  In this guide, an agreement established between the organizations that own and operate connected IT systems to document the technical requirements of the interconnection. The ISA also supports a Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement (MOU/A) between the organizations.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-47 under Interconnection Security Agreement (ISA)