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NIST IR 7799 (Initial Public Draft)

Continuous Monitoring Reference Model Workflow, Subsystem, and Interface Specifications

Date Published: January 2012
Comments Due: February 17, 2012 (public comment period is CLOSED)
Email Questions to: fe-comments@nist.gov

Planning Note (11/02/2022): NIST has discontinued additional development of this document, which is provided here in its entirety for historical purposes.


Peter Mell (NIST), David Waltermire (NIST), Adam Halbardier (BAH), Larry Feldman (BAH)


NIST announces the public comment release of Draft NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 7799, Continuous Monitoring Reference Model Workflow, Subsystem, and Interface Specifications. This publication provides the technical specifications for the continuous monitoring (CM) reference model presented in NIST IR 7756. These specifications enable multi-instance CM implementations, hierarchical tiers, multi-instance dynamic querying, sensor tasking, propagation of policy, policy monitoring, and policy compliance reporting. A major focus of the specifications is on workflows that describe the coordinated operation of all subsystems and components within the model. Another focus is on subsystem specifications that enable each subsystem to play its role within the workflows. The final focus is on interface specifications that supply communication paths between subsystems. These three sets of specifications (workflows, subsystems, and interfaces) are written to be data domain agnostic, which means that they can be used for CM regardless of the data domain that is being monitored.



continuous monitoring
Control Families

Audit and Accountability; Assessment, Authorization and Monitoring; Configuration Management; Incident Response; Maintenance; Risk Assessment; System and Communications Protection


Draft NISTIR 7799 (pdf)

Supplemental Material:
None available

Related NIST Publications:
IR 7756 (Draft)
IR 7800 (Draft)
ITL Bulletin

Document History:
01/06/12: IR 7799 (Draft)