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  PE-18: Location of Information System Components  

base control objective:
The organization positions information system components within the facility to minimize potential damage from physical and environmental hazards and to minimize the opportunity for unauthorized access.

supplemental objective information:
Physical and environmental hazards include, for example, flooding, fire, tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes, acts of terrorism, vandalism, electrical interference, and electromagnetic radiation. Whenever possible, the organization also considers the location or site of the facility with regard to physical and environmental hazards. In addition, the organization considers the location of physical entry points where unauthorized individuals, while not being granted access, might none-the-less be in close proximity to the information system and therefore, increase the potential for unauthorized access to organizational communications (e.g., through the use of wireless sniffers or microphones). This control, to include any enhancements specified, may be satisfied by similar requirements fulfilled by another organizational entity other than the information security program. Organizations should avoid duplicating actions already covered.

enhancements to the base objective:

(1) 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.

mapping to FIPS199 baseline:

  LOW: null     MOD: base     HIGH: base (1)  

related (regimented) controls:

None.

documents referenced in SP800-53rev3 for PE-18:

Document Date Status Title
FIPS 199 February, 2004 current   Standards for Security Categorization of Federal Information and Information Systems
NIST SP800-66 October, 2008 current   An Introductory Resource Guide for Implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule

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