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NIST IR 8183A Vol. 3 (Initial Public Draft)

Cybersecurity Framework Manufacturing Profile Low Security Level Example Implementations Guide: Volume 3 – Discrete-based Manufacturing System Use Case

Date Published: May 2019
Comments Due: July 8, 2019 (public comment period is CLOSED)
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Keith Stouffer (NIST), Timothy Zimmerman (NIST), CheeYee Tang (NIST), Jeffrey Cichonski (NIST), Neeraj Shah (Strativia), Wesley Downard (G2)


A draft implementation guide for the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) Manufacturing Profile Low Security Level has been developed for managing cybersecurity risk for manufacturers. It is aligned with manufacturing sector goals and industry best practices.

This guide provides general implementation guidance (Volume 1) and example proof-of-concept solutions demonstrating how currently available open-source and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products can be implemented in manufacturing environments to satisfy the requirements in the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) Manufacturing Profile Low Security Level. Example proof-of-concept solutions with measured network, device, and operational performance impacts for a process-based manufacturing environment (Volume 2) and a discrete-based manufacturing environment (Volume 3) are included in the guide. Depending on factors like size, sophistication, risk tolerance, and threat landscape, manufacturers should make their own determinations about the breadth of the proof-of-concept solutions they may voluntarily implement.

The CSF Manufacturing Profile (NISTIR 8183) can be used as a roadmap for managing cybersecurity risk for manufacturers and is aligned with manufacturing sector goals and industry best practices. It provides a voluntary, risk-based approach for managing cybersecurity activities and cyber risk to manufacturing systems. The Manufacturing Profile is meant to complement but not replace current cybersecurity standards and industry guidelines that the manufacturer is embracing.

We encourage you to use the Comment Template (see "Supplemental Material" links on this page) when submitting your comments.


NOTE:  A call for patent claims is included on page iv of this draft. For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy--Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications.



Cybersecurity Framework (CSF); distributed control systems (DCS); industrial control systems (ICS); information security; manufacturing; network security; programmable logic controllers (PLC); risk management; security controls; supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems; computer security
Control Families

Access Control; Awareness and Training; Audit and Accountability; Assessment, Authorization and Monitoring; Configuration Management; Contingency Planning; Identification and Authentication; Incident Response; Maintenance; Media Protection; Physical and Environmental Protection; Planning; Program Management; Personnel Security; Risk Assessment; System and Services Acquisition; System and Communications Protection; System and Information Integrity


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Supplemental Material:
Comment template (xlsx)

Related NIST Publications:
IR 8183

Document History:
05/28/19: IR 8183A Vol. 3 (Draft)
09/30/19: IR 8183A Vol. 3 (Final)