AT.L2-3.2.1 Role-Based Risk Awareness

CMMC Practice AT.L2-3.2.1 – Role-Based Risk Awareness: Ensure that managers, system administrators, and users of organizational systems are made aware of the security risks associated with their activities and of the applicable policies, standards, and procedures related to the security of those systems.

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Discussion [NIST SP 800-171 R2]
Organizations determine the content and frequency of security awareness training and security awareness techniques based on the specific organizational requirements and the systems to which personnel have authorized access. The content includes a basic understanding of the need for information security and user actions to maintain security and to respond to suspected security incidents. The content also addresses awareness of the need for operations security. Security awareness techniques include: formal training; offering supplies inscribed with security reminders; generating email advisories or notices from organizational officials; displaying logon screen messages; displaying security awareness posters; and conducting information security awareness events.
NIST SP 800-50 provides guidance on security awareness and training programs.

Further Discussion
Awareness training focuses user attention on security. Several techniques can be used, such as:

  • synchronous or asynchronous training;
  • simulations (e.g., simulated phishing emails);
  • security awareness campaigns (posters, reminders, group discussions); and
  • communicating regular email advisories and notices to employees.

Awareness training and role-based training are different. This practice, AT.L2-3.2.1, covers awareness training, which provides general security training to influence user behavior. This training can apply broadly or be tailored to a specific role. Role-based training focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to complete a specific job and is covered by AT.L2-3.2.2.