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NIST Special Publication 800-53 (Rev. 4)

Security Controls and Assessment Procedures for Federal Information Systems and Organizations

PS-6 ACCESS AGREEMENTS

Family:
PS - PERSONNEL SECURITY
Class:
Priority:
P3 - Implement P3 security controls after implementation of P1 and P2 controls.
Baseline Allocation:
Low Moderate High
PS-6 PS-6 PS-6

Control Description

The organization:

a. Develops and documents access agreements for organizational information systems;

b. Reviews and updates the access agreements [Assignment: organization-defined frequency]; and

c. Ensures that individuals requiring access to organizational information and information systems:

1. Sign appropriate access agreements prior to being granted access; and

2. Re-sign access agreements to maintain access to organizational information systems when access agreements have been updated or [Assignment: organization-defined frequency].

Supplemental Guidance

Access agreements include, for example, nondisclosure agreements, acceptable use agreements, rules of behavior, and conflict-of-interest agreements. Signed access agreements include an acknowledgement that individuals have read, understand, and agree to abide by the constraints associated with organizational information systems to which access is authorized. Organizations can use electronic signatures to acknowledge access agreements unless specifically prohibited by organizational policy.

Related to: PL-4PS-2PS-3PS-4PS-8

Control Enhancements

PS-6(1) ACCESS AGREEMENTS | INFORMATION REQUIRING SPECIAL PROTECTION
[Withdrawn: Incorporated into PS-3].
PS-6(2) ACCESS AGREEMENTS | CLASSIFIED INFORMATION REQUIRING SPECIAL PROTECTION
The organization ensures that access to classified information requiring special protection is granted only to individuals who:
PS-6 (2)(a)
Have a valid access authorization that is demonstrated by assigned official government duties;
PS-6 (2)(b)
Satisfy associated personnel security criteria; and
PS-6 (2)(c)
Have read, understood, and signed a nondisclosure agreement.
Supplemental Guidance: Classified information requiring special protection includes, for example, collateral information, Special Access Program (SAP) information, and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI). Personnel security criteria reflect applicable federal laws, Executive Orders, directives, regulations, policies, standards, and guidance.
PS-6(3) ACCESS AGREEMENTS | POST-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS
The organization:
PS-6 (3)(a)
Notifies individuals of applicable, legally binding post-employment requirements for protection of organizational information; and
PS-6 (3)(b)
Requires individuals to sign an acknowledgment of these requirements, if applicable, as part of granting initial access to covered information.
Supplemental Guidance: Organizations consult with the Office of the General Counsel regarding matters of post-employment requirements on terminated individuals.

References

None.