Information Security Controls


Effective Date: 05/01/2017

Review Date: 12/1/2023


Security operation remains a top priority and is necessary to continue to advance security practices and processes. The definition of “ownership” within a shared services environment has different dimensions. Pertaining to security in a shared service environment, controls are established by agency business owners, but are executed by multiple parties. Often the delineation of these duties between parties are not clearly understood which may cause inconsistencies regarding the execution responsibilities of security controls. The Information Security Control Policy addresses this business challenge by establishing clear lines of delineation of security controls, ownership and overall execution responsibilities. The increased complexity of operating environments, service provider’s management platforms and agency application service integration require established governance rules and processes.


O.C.G.A 50-25-4(a)(10) – State Government, Georgia Technology, General Powers

O.C.G.A 50-25-4(a)(21) - State Government, Georgia Technology, General Powers

PM-04-001 – Information Technology Policies, Standards and Guidelines

PS-08-005 – Enterprise Information Security Charter


Third Party Service Providers- any person or entity that maintains, processes, or otherwise is permitted access to state-owned information through its provision of services. This includes all cloud-based technologies (i.e.):

  • Software as a Service (SaaS) providers - companies that provide hosted application services.
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers - companies that provide hosted data storage or processing services.

System Boundary – all the components of an information system or an interconnected set of information resources under the same direct management control and security support structure, that share common functionality (normally includes hardware, software, information, data, applications, communications, and people).

Controlled Interfaces - mechanisms that facilitate the adjudication of different interconnected system security policies (e.g., controlling the flow of information into or out of an interconnected system such as but not limited to proxies, gateways, routers, firewalls, encrypted tunnels).


Agencies, Service Providers and Service Integrators will comply with all applicable NIST Security Controls (or any other Industry standards) that are required for state and federal compliance. These controls listed in standard SS 17-001 will be outlined in more detail within the NIST Control Families, Technical, Operational and Managerial Controls. Security controls will be determined and aligned using the State’s application/system classifications of Low, Moderate and High. After which each entity will work within this control framework to identify the appropriate security controls to support the application and system portfolio being managed. Once control ownership is identified, the controlling owner will be responsible for the implementation and management of the identified control(s). All controls identified as “shared” will be co-owned between two or more entities that together assume the responsibility for the execution of the control(s). The expectation is that agencies, service providers and service integrators will work together within the enterprise environment to promote, foster and ensure a viable enterprise security program. Agencies using third-party service providers are still responsible for ensuring that their applications are operating within the security control compliance outlined in this policy.


Information Security Control Standard (SS-17-001)