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macOS Security Compliance Project

Robert Gendler, Allen Golbig, Daniel Brodjieski, Jason Blake, Blair Heiserman, Joshua Glemza, Elyse Anderson, Paige Ramsey
Contact: Bob Gendler..
Identifier: doi:10.18434/M32246
Version: 1.0...


The macOS security compliance project is an open source effort to provide a programmatic approach to generating security guidance. This project can be used to create customized security baselines of technical security controls by leveraging a library of atomic actions which are mapped to compliance requirements in existing security guides or used to develop customized guidance. Through the use of a library of atomic actions that enhance security, and mapping them back to existing guides and policies, a single project can support multiple security guides and regulated industry policies while also allowing for documentation and QA to be uniformly managed through a single effort. This approach simplifies, and radically accelerates, the updating of annual security guidance through a unification and standardization of effort.\n\nRationale for this project:\n\nNormalize and accelerate annual adoption of OS/Hardware by having guidance available to meet the needs of new operating systems on release\n\nReduce worldwide effort in creating annual guidance by unifying and consolidating compliance efforts into a single project\n\nDevelop a methodology to foster collaboration between baseline authors, reducing overhead and redundancy\n\nUnify approach in setting controls\n\nProvide MDM/EMM/security/audit vendors and Apple insight into customer hardening needs\n\nImportant note: This project is a programmatic approach to security policy and can produce output content to be used IN CONJUNCTION with management and security tools to achieve compliance.
Research Topics: Information Technology: Cybersecurity    
Subject Keywords: macOS, mac, security, compliance, SCAP, baseline, FISMA, STIG, OVAL, XCCDF    

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Version: 1.0...
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Gendler, Robert, Golbig, Allen, Brodjieski, Daniel, Blake, Jason, Heiserman, Blair, Glemza, Joshua, Anderson, Elyse, Ramsey, Paige (2020), macOS Security Compliance Project, National Institute of Standards and Technology, (Accessed 2024-07-15)
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