PSGs Sorted by Name

Access Control - PS-08-009

Each agency is responsible for establishing access control measures that limits access (logical and/or physical) to only those individuals that are authorized to obtain it.

Accountability of Assets - PS-08-002

Establishes accountability for all hardware and software acquired using public funds

Accountability, Change Management and Process Improvement Act of 2016 (HB676) - GM-17-001


In an effort to increase the success rate of large Information Technology initiatives, Georgia has established best practices for the planning and implementation of these investments.  HB 676 has amended O.C.G.A. Code Section 50-29-3 through passage of the Accountability, Change Management and Process Improvement Act of 2016.  Through this act, the legislature has requested that the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) and the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) be responsible for the collection, review and evaluation of the deliverables prepared by the agencies.

Acquisition and Use of Telecommunications Services and Equipment - PM-04-002

Rules, Regulations and Procedures Governing the Acquisition and Use of Telecommunications Services and Equipment

Active Directory - SA-03-009

Specifies Active Directory requirements, topology and design

Applications with Standard Desktop Client - SA-10-004

Standard desktop clients

Appropriate Use and Monitoring - SS-08-001

Standards for appropriate use and monitoring of IT resources

Appropriate Use of Information Technology Resources - PS-08-003.2

Defines appropriate use IT resources

Authorization and Access Management - SS-08-010

Requires managed access to state facilities and information resources

Bluetooth - SO-06-004

Deployment of wireless technology

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery - PS-08-025

Requires plans to maintain continuity of essential state government operations and services

Change Management - PS-08-015

Requirements for a formal change management process

Classification of Personal Information - SS-08-002

Standards for categorizing personal information

Computer Operations Center Security - SS-08-016

Minimum security requirements for computer operations centers

Computer Security Incident Management - PS-08-004

Establishes the process for detecting and responding to security incidents

Contingency Planning - SS-08-045

Requires plans to sustain or recover/restore critical operations in the event of a system disruption or disaster

Cryptographic Controls - SS-08-040

Minimum requirements for the use of cryptographic controls

Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model - SS-20-001

Establishes an enterprise Cybersecurity Cabability Maturity Model to provide a structure for State agencies to baseline current capabilities in cybersecurity while establishing a foundation for consistent evaluation.

Data and Asset Categorization - PS-08-012

Provides for inventory and classification of state data and information processing systems

Data Categorization - Impact Level - SS-08-014

Impact Level definitions and standards of information assets

Data Lifecycle Management - PM-14-009

Management of business data through its lifecycle

Data Security - Electronic Records - SS-08-003

Electronic records are 1)relied upon as official records and 2) must adhere to records retention requirements and 3) must be protected from unauthorized destruction, modification or disclosure.

Data Sharing Guidelines - GM-15-008

Provides guidance for using the enterprise service bus

Data Steward - SM-15-001

Data Stewardship Requirement for Constituent Data

Data Storage Location - SS-15-002

Requires all data to be processed, stored, transmitted and disposed in the geographical United States

Deployed Software Currency - SA-10-010

Requires and defines software currency

Deployment Certification - SA-10-009

Requires a Deployment Certification

Design Criteria for Data Network Protocols - SA-10-002

Standard IP based protocols

Design Criteria for Electronic Records Management Applications - SA-06-006

Records management application criteria

Digital Accessibility Standard SM-19-001 - SM-19-001

All digital properties managed by state entities shall be accessible according to WCAG 2.0 (Level AA) Compliance standards.

Digital Security Standard SS-19-002 - SS-19-002

Establish a common set of security protocols across all State digital properties (i.e. agency web pages)  to ensure the protection of sensitive information.

Disaster Recovery - System Backup - SS-08-046

Requires backup and recovery procedures for critical software and data

Electronic Communications Accountability - SS-08-009

Fixes accountability for content and transfer of information through electronic communications

Email Administration - Distribution Lists - SA-07-010

Standards for large inter-agency and all multi-agency distribution lists

Email Calendaring - SA-07-004

Standard calendaring format for email systems

Email Naming - SA-07-005

Standard email address for email systems

Email Use and Protection - SS-08-011

Standards for appropriate use and security of email

Enterprise Application - PM-13-002

Provides for Enterprise Applications

Enterprise Application Creation and Management - SM-13-003

Requirements to create and operate Enterprise Applications

Enterprise Architecture - PM-03-003

GTA with agency collaboration will establish and maintain Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Information Security Charter - PS-08-005.3

Commits the State of Georgia to protecting information systems and data from unauthorized disclosure, modification, use, or destruction

Enterprise Managed Services (EMS) - SM-15-009

the keystone enterprise standard to guide governance of managing IT provisioning (SaaS, Paas, IaaS, etc.) according to risk.

Exemption from State Policies and Standards - SM-11-007

Requires a Request for Exemption from a PSG

Facilities Security - SS-08-015

Incorporates facilities security into overall protection of IT assets

Georgia.Gov Domain Name - SA-03-007

Naming and approval of web sites

Georgia.Gov Intellectual Property Display - SA-03-005

Third party intellectual property displays on Georgia.Gov

Georgia.Gov Linking (Revised 2017) - SA-03-008

Use, placement and removal of links on Georgia.Gov

GTA Endorsement of Proposed Technology Procurement - SM-14-008

Establishes requirements for GTA's authorization of technology procurement

Guideline for Obtaining GTA's Endorsement of Proposed Technology Procurement - GM-14-011

Guidelines for seeking GTA's Endorsement of Technology

IBM Mainframe Batch Job Processing - SO-04-001

Batch run times, automated scheduler, and tools to modify batch job data

IBM Mainframe Production Acceptance - Batch Jobs - SO-04-003

Batch job production acceptance requirements

Incident Response and Reporting - SS-08-004

Requirements for information security incident response and reporting

Independent Security Assessments - SS-08-042

Requires IT systems to be assessed by an independent third-party

Independent Verification and Validation - SM-06-001

Requires to use GTA contracts for assurance services for projects with budgets of $1 million or greater

Information Security - Risk Management - PS-08-031

Requires a risk-based approach to information security management

Information Security Controls Policy - PS-17-001

Improves how security controls are managed within the State’s shared-service environment. The Security Control Policy addresses this business challenge by establishing clearer lines of delineation between security controls, ownership and the overall responsibility of execution.

Information Security Controls Standard - SS-17-001

In accordance with the Information Security Control Policy, each agency operating within a shared-service environment is responsible for ensuring that applicable NIST 800-53 (rev. 4) security controls are implemented and operated effectively. This standard establishes responsibilities for security controls per application and/or system operating within a shared-services environment.

Information Security Infrastructure - SS-08-005

Requirements for creating an information security program and infrastructure

Information Security Management Organization - SS-08-006

Minimum standards for an information security management organization

Information Technology Policies and Standards - PM-04-001

GTA’s statutory authority and approach for setting technology policies, standards and guidelines

Information Technology Portfolio Management Guidelines - GM-09-002

Guidelines for IT portfolio management

Information Technology Reporting - SS-08-053

Annual reporting requirements

Information Technology Review Policy - PM-06-001

To ensure that proposed agency information technology initiatives are consistent with the State's strategies and goals, and with enterprise IT policies and standards.

Information Technology Review Standard SM-08-103 - SM-08-103

Specifies GTA and agency responsibilities concerning State oversight of information technology (IT) investments with respect to State and agency strategic goals, and with enterprise policies and standards.

Information Technology Strategic Plan - SM-09-003

Agencies must develop and maintain an IT strategic plan

Instant Messaging Services - SO-11-005

Instant Messaging Controls

Integration Middleware - SA-07-020

Standard middleware platform for enterprise integration

IP Blocking Standard - SS-17-002

Establishes criteria for blocking network traffic from IP addresses and IP address ranges at the boundary of the state network.

Large IT Project Executive Decision-Making Board - PM-17-001

Establish the decision-making authority for large IT initiatives/projects (hereafter referred to as “IT Projects”) within the state enterprise.

Log Management Infrastructure - SS-08-036

Requires monitoring and analyzing systems logs to record events and detect anomalies

Malicious Code Incident Prevention - SS-08-033

Establishes controls to protect systems against malicious software

Management of IT Operations - PO-09-002

ITIL is the basis for IT infrastructure management, service delivery and support

Media Controls - PS-08-026

Requirements protection of system media from unauthorized disclosure, modification, destruction or loss

Media Protection and Handling - SS-08-043


Media Sanitization - Vendor Return - SS-08-035

Establishes standards for sanitization and disposal of all electronic media subject to vendor return

Mobile Device Management Guidelines - GM-15-004

Guidelines for mobile device management

Multi-Factor Authentication Policy - PS-19-001

Agencies shall use Multi-Factor authentication (MFA) for all network access to privileged accounts as outlined in NIST Special Publication 800-53 Revision 4 and required in federal regulatory requirements.

Network Access and Session Controls - SS-08-048

Requires control and monitoring of network sessions

Network Security - Boundary Protection - SS-08-047

Requires network boundary protection

Network Security - Information Flow - PS-08-030

Requires protection of information traversing networks

Network Security Controls - PS-08-027

Requires network security controls

Non-State Technology and Computing Devices - SS-12-002

Rules of appropriate use and all other governance regarding information and data security apply to non-State issued technology devices used to access non-public State information and technology resources

Operational Change Control - SS-08-026

Requires that changes to operational systems be controlled and monitored

Outsourced Facilities Management - PS-08-019

Establishes requirements over outsourcing data processing facilities

Outsourced IT Services and Third-Party Interconnections - SS-08-044

Requires third-party adherence to established State security requirements

Password Authentication - PS-08-006

Establishes use of passwords as primary authentication mechanism

Password Security - SS-08-007

Establishes standards for protecting passwords

Performance Lifecycle Framework - SM-10-006

The Performance Lifecycle Framework for investments in information technology

Performance Lifecycle Management - SM-10-007

Minimum processes to manage IT investments using the Enterprise Performance Lifecycle

Performance Lifecycle Management Guideline - GM-11-001

A guide to executive branch agencies in Georgia state government for Enterprise Performance Life Cycle (EPLC) management.

Performance Lifecycle Stage Gate - SM-10-008

Formal investment reviews at predetermined points in IT investment lifecycle

Personal Identification Verification (PIV) Cards - SS-19-001

Specifies a reliable PIV system within which a common identity credential can be used to verify a claimed identity and to gain physical and logical access to state controlled facilities and information systems.

Personnel Identity Verification and Screening - SS-08-017

Standards for verifying identities of state personnel and contractors

Personnel Security - PS-08-014

Provides for identity verification of IT employees and contractors

Physical and Environmental Security - PS-08-013

Physical security is an essential element to the overall security of IT resources

Placing Applications into Production - SA-10-001

Procedural requirements for placing applications into Production

Privacy in the Workplace - SS-12-001

No expectation of privacy shall be assumed when accessing non-public State information resources and assets

Project Charter Template - GM-09-003

A template to guide one in building the project charter

Project Financial Management Guidelines - GM-09-001

Guidelines for project financial management

Project Financial Management Standard - SM-09-001

Requires project expenditures shall be planned and tracked

Project Integrator - SM-14-006

Requires a project integrator on complex projects

Project Integrator Statement of Responsibilities - GM-14-007

Guidelines for Statement of Responsibilities for a Project Integrator

Project Scheduling Guidelines - GM-17-002

The guideline necessary for State of Georgia projects to comply with Project Assurance schedule review criteria.

Protection from Malicious Software - PS-08-021

Requires protections against malicious software

Public Access Systems - PS-08-028

Requires security controls on public facing systems

Reliance on Electronic Records - PS-08-007.02

Establishes the State’s intent to rely on electronic data as a form of official record and adherence to proscribed records retention requirements

Remote Access - PS-08-023

Requires protection from risks associated with remote access

Retention of Data Backup Media and Records Management Media - Guideline - GM-13-001

Guidelines for handling media used for data backup and for records archiving

Risk Management Framework - SS-08-041

Adopts the NIST risk management framework

Secure Remote Access - SS-08-038

Requires protection of systems from risks associated with remote access

Security Awareness Program - PS-08-010

Establishes a need to increase user security awareness through an awareness and training program

Security Education and Awareness - SS-08-012

Requires all employees and contractors to attend annual security awareness training

Security Log Management - PS-08-022

Requires log management practices

Security Review Control and Assessment - PS-08-029.02

Agencies shall periodically review and continuously monitor the management, operational and technical security controls for all information systems to assess their effectiveness to determine the extent to which they are operating as intended and comply with federal, state, enterprise and agency security policies, standards and requirements.

Separate Production and Development Environments - SS-08-031

Establishes requirements for separating operational environments from test/development environments

Separation of Production and Development Environments - PS-08-020

Requires separation of production from development and test environments

Social Media Guidelines - GM-11-002

Guidelines to Use Social Media

Software Management Standard - SM-19-001

Provides direction regarding the acquisition, use, distribution and redistribution of commercial, public domain, and State-authored software and Software Licenses.

Statewide Data Sharing - PM-07-003

Provides for sharing of data among agencies

Strong Password Use - SS-08-008

Establishes standards for creating and using strong passwords

Surplus Electronic Media Disposal - SS-08-034

Establishes statewide standard on disposition of surplus electronic media

System Development Lifecycle - SM-10-005

Agencies select and authorize SDLC’s for their use

System Implementation and Acceptance - SS-08-032

Requires agencies to establish criteria for accepting a system from development to operations

System Lifecycle Management - SS-08-025

Requires a formal lifecycle management program for systems in development or operations

System Security Plans - SS-08-028

Requires data and system owners to create and maintain system security plans

Systems and Development Lifecycle - PS-08-018.02

Requirements for a formal IT lifecycle management program

Systems Operations Documentation - SS-08-027

Requires agencies to document system operational procedures

Technology Project Charter - SM-09-004

Requires a Project Charter for IT projects

Technology Project Management - SM-03-006

Project management methodology for technology projects valued at $100,000 or more

Technology Project Management Guideline - GM-08-101

Guidelines for technology project management when there is greater than $100,000 investment

Telecommunications Technology Review - SM-05-001

Administering Enterprise and Agency open contracts for telecommunications systems and long distance services

Teleworking and Remote Access - SS-08-037

Security requirements for telework and remote access to state information systems

Terms and Conditions for Cloud Services - SM-14-010

This standard offers a list of important components for an agency to consider inserting in a service agreement for cloud services. By no means does this list cover all situations that may be included in a service agreement; but those listed here areoften overlooked by State agencies.   

Third-Party Access - PS-08-011

Provisions for third-party access to state facilities and information systems

Third-Party Security Requirements - SS-08-013

Establishes security requirements for conducting business with contractors, outsourcing vendors and/or other third-parties

Use of Cryptography - PS-08-024

Requires the use of cryptographic controls

Web and E-Commerce Security - SS-08-049

Requires control and management of web services

Website Accessibility - SA-14-001

Standards for accessibility to websites

Website Branding - SA-14-002

Design techniques to support branding of State of Georgia websites

Website Guidelines - GM-14-005

Guidelines for website use and construction in GaGov

Wireless and Mobile Computing - SS-08-039

Minimum security requirements for wireless network implementation

Workstation Operating System - SO-03-010

Establishes a standard desktop and laptop/notebook operating system

XML - Extensible Markup Language - SA-03-004

XML standards based upon W3C Consortium XML Open Standards