NIST Special Publication 800-53 (Rev. 4)

Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations

PE-18 LOCATION OF INFORMATION SYSTEM COMPONENTS

Family:
Physical and Environmental Protection
Class:
Priority:
P3 - Implement P3 security controls after implementation of P1 and P2 controls.
Baseline Allocation:
Low Moderate High
PE-18

Control Description

The organization positions information system components within the facility to minimize potential damage from [Assignment: organization-defined physical and environmental hazards] and to minimize the opportunity for unauthorized access.

Supplemental Guidance

Physical and environmental hazards include, for example, flooding, fire, tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes, acts of terrorism, vandalism, electromagnetic pulse, electrical interference, and other forms of incoming electromagnetic radiation. In addition, organizations consider the location of physical entry points where unauthorized individuals, while not being granted access, might nonetheless be in close proximity to information systems and therefore increase the potential for unauthorized access to organizational communications (e.g., through the use of wireless sniffers or microphones).

Related to: CP-2PE-19RA-3

Control Enhancements

PE-18 (1) LOCATION OF INFORMATION SYSTEM COMPONENTS | FACILITY SITE
The organization plans the location or site of the facility where the information system resides with regard to physical and environmental hazards and for existing facilities, considers the physical and environmental hazards in its risk mitigation strategy.
Supplemental Guidance: Related to: PM-8

References

None.