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Number Title Impact Priority Subject Area
AC-19 Access Control For Mobile Devices LOW P1 Access Control

The organization:
Establishes usage restrictions, configuration requirements, connection requirements, and implementation guidance for organization-controlled mobile devices; and
Authorizes the connection of mobile devices to organizational information systems.
A mobile device is a computing device that: (i) has a small form factor such that it can easily be carried by a single individual; (ii) is designed to operate without a physical connection (e.g., wirelessly transmit or receive information); (iii) possesses local, non-removable or removable data storage; and (iv) includes a self-contained power source. Mobile devices may also include voice communication capabilities, on-board sensors that allow the device to capture information, and/or built-in features for synchronizing local data with remote locations. Examples include smart phones, E-readers, and tablets. Mobile devices are typically associated with a single individual and the device is usually in close proximity to the individual; however, the degree of proximity can vary depending upon on the form factor and size of the device. The processing, storage, and transmission capability of the mobile device may be comparable to or merely a subset of desktop systems, depending upon the nature and intended purpose of the device. Due to the large variety of mobile devices with different technical characteristics and capabilities, organizational restrictions may vary for the different classes/types of such devices. Usage restrictions and specific implementation guidance for mobile devices include, for example, configuration management, device identification and authentication, implementation of mandatory protective software (e.g., malicious code detection, firewall), scanning devices for malicious code, updating virus protection software, scanning for critical software updates and patches, conducting primary operating system (and possibly other resident software) integrity checks, and disabling unnecessary hardware (e.g., wireless, infrared). Organizations are cautioned that the need to provide adequate security for mobile devices goes beyond the requirements in this control. Many safeguards and countermeasures for mobile devices are reflected in other security controls in the catalog allocated in the initial control baselines as starting points for the development of security plans and overlays using the tailoring process. There may also be some degree of overlap in the requirements articulated by the security controls within the different families of controls. AC-20 addresses mobile devices that are not organization-controlled.

AC-19 (1) Use Of Writable / Portable Storage Devices

Withdrawn: Incorporated into MP-7.

AC-19 (2) Use Of Personally Owned Portable Storage Devices

Withdrawn: Incorporated into MP-7.

AC-19 (3) Use Of Portable Storage Devices With No Identifiable Owner

Withdrawn: Incorporated into MP-7.

AC-19 (4) Restrictions For Classified Information

The organization:

AC-19 (4)(a)

Prohibits the use of unclassified mobile devices in facilities containing information systems processing, storing, or transmitting classified information unless specifically permitted by the authorizing official; and

AC-19 (4)(b)

Enforces the following restrictions on individuals permitted by the authorizing official to use unclassified mobile devices in facilities containing information systems processing, storing, or transmitting classified information:

       AC-19 (4)(b)(1)

Connection of unclassified mobile devices to classified information systems is prohibited;

       AC-19 (4)(b)(2)

Connection of unclassified mobile devices to unclassified information systems requires approval from the authorizing official;

       AC-19 (4)(b)(3)

Use of internal or external modems or wireless interfaces within the unclassified mobile devices is prohibited; and

       AC-19 (4)(b)(4)

Unclassified mobile devices and the information stored on those devices are subject to random reviews and inspections by Assignment: organization-defined security officials, and if classified information is found, the incident handling policy is followed.

AC-19 (4)(c)

Restricts the connection of classified mobile devices to classified information systems in accordance with Assignment: organization-defined security policies.

AC-19 (5) Full Device / Container-Based Encryption MODERATE
Container-based encryption provides a more fine-grained approach to the encryption of data/information on mobile devices, including for example, encrypting selected data structures such as files, records, or fields.

The organization employs Selection: full-device encryption; container encryption to protect the confidentiality and integrity of information on Assignment: organization-defined mobile devices.