Committee on National Security Systems
Logo of the CNSS
|Formed||16 October 2001|
|Headquarters||Fort Meade, Maryland|
|Parent agency||Intergovernmental, chaired by DoD|
The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) is a United States intergovernmental organization that sets policy for the security of the US security systems.
Charter, mission, and leadership
The National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Committee (NSTISSC) was established under National Security Directive 42, "National Policy for the Security of National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems", dated 5 July 1990. On October 16, 2001, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13231, the Critical Infrastructure Protection in the Information Age, re-designating the National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Committee (NSTISSC) as the Committee on National Security Systems. The CNSS holds discussions of policy issues, sets national policy, directions, operational procedures, and guidance for the information systems operated by the U.S. Government, its contractors or agents that either contain classified information, involve intelligence activities, involve cryptographic activities related to national security, involve command and control of military forces, involve equipment that is an integral part of a weapon or weapons system(s), or are critical to the direct fulfillment of military or intelligence missions.
The Department of Defense chairs the committee. Membership consists of representatives from 21 U.S. Government Departments and Agencies with voting privileges, to include the CIA, DIA, DOD, DOJ, FBI, NSA, and the National Security Council, and all United States Military Services. Members not on the voting committee include the DISA, NGA, NIST, and the NRO. The operating Agency for CNSS appears to be the National Security Agency, which serves as primary contact for public inquiries.
The CNSS defines several standards, which include standards on training in IT security. Current certifications include:
- NSTISSI-4011 National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals
- CNSSI-4012 National Information Assurance Training Standard for Senior Systems Managers
- CNSSI-4013 National Information Assurance Training Standard For System Administrators
- CNSSI-4014 Information Assurance Training Standard for Information Systems Security Officers
- NSTISSI-4015 National Training Standard for Systems Certifiers
- CNSSI-4016 National Information Assurance Training Standard For Risk Analysts