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security content automation protocol (SCAP)

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

  A suite of specifications that standardize the format and nomenclature by which software flaw and security configuration information is communicated, both to machines and humans. Note: There are six individual specifications incorporated into SCAP: CVE (common vulnerabilities and exposures); CCE (common configuration enumeration); CPE (common platform enumeration); CVSS (common vulnerability scoring system); OVAL (open vulnerability assessment language); and XCCDF (eXtensible configuration checklist description format).
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (NIST SP 800-126 Rev. 2)

  A suite of specifications that standardize the format and nomenclature by which software flaw and security configuration information is communicated, both to machines and humans.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-126 Rev. 2 under Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) [Superseded]
NIST SP 800-126 Rev. 3 under Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP)

  A protocol currently consisting of a suite of seven specifications that standardize the format and nomenclature by which security software communicates information about software flaws and security configurations.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-128 under Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP)