- “Cyber security standards enhance security and contribute to risk management in several important ways. Standards help establish common security requirements and the capabilities needed for secure solutions.” ~ Karen Scarfone, Dan Benigni and Tim Granc, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Maryland
- “Cyber security intelligence and information sharing is now top of mind in the executive suite across nearly every sector.” ~ Bill Nelson, President & CEO, Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and CEO, Soltra
- “Standardization is the key to streamlining IT operations and reducing security risks.” ~ dgulling
This Ask the Experts session stems from a question originally posted on Quora titled “What is the Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework (CVRF)? How is it used?“
The Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework, or CVRF, is a reporting framework which is used to share information pertaining to security-related events in a standardized fashion. CVRF is XML-based, which allows it to be easily read by machines. By standardizing the reporting framework, security advisories can be produced faster, and shared with a broader audience as the framework doesn’t make use of any proprietary or closed-source software.
The following are several elements that appear in a security advisory adhering to the CVRF:
- Title: cvrf:DocumentTitle
- Type: cvrf:DocumentType
- Publisher: cvrf:DocumentPublisher
- Tracking: cvrf:DocumentTracking
- Notes: cvrf:DocumentNotes
- Distribution: cvrf:DocumentDistribution
- Aggregate Severity: cvrf:AggregateSeverity
- References: cvrf:DocumentReferences
- Acknowledgements: cvrf:Acknowledgements
- Product Tree: prod:ProductTree
- Vulnerability: vuln:Vulnerability
*Elements 1–4 make up the minimum required attribute set of an advisory adhering to the CVRF however, these four elements fail to provide any useful information regarding security related events.
Additional information regarding the latest version of CVRF (version 1.2), as well as previous versions, can be found here.
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