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security authorization (to operate)

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

Authorization (to operate)
authorization to operate (ATO)

Definition(s):

  See Authorization (to operate).
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-39 under Security Authorization(to Operate)
NIST SP 800-30 Rev. 1 under Security Authorization (to Operate)

  The official management decision given by a senior organizational official to authorize operation of an information system and to explicitly accept the risk to organizational operations (including mission, functions, image, or reputation), organizational assets, individuals, other organizations, and the Nation based on the implementation of an agreed-upon set of security controls.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 under authorization to operate (ATO) (NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 4, NIST SP 800-37 Rev. 1, NIST SP 800-53A Rev. 1)
NIST SP 800-137 under Authorization (to operate) (CNSSI 4009)
NIST SP 800-161 under Authorization (to operate) (NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 4)
NIST SP 800-30 Rev. 1 under Authorization (to operate) (CNSSI 4009)
NIST SP 800-37 Rev. 1 under Authorization (to operate)
NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 4 under Authorization (to operate)

  The official management decision given by a senior organizational official to authorize operation of an information system and to explicitly accept the risk to organizational operations (including mission, functions, image, or reputation), organizational assets, individuals, other organizations, and the Nation based on the implementation of an agreed-upon set of security controls and privacy controls.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-53A Rev. 4 under Authorization (to operate) (NIST SP 800-37 - Adapted)

  See authorization to operate (ATO).
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (NIST SP 800-37 Rev. 1)