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Secure Controls Framework (SCF)


The latest version of the Secure Controls Framework (SCF) can be downloaded directly from the SCF website at: https://www.securecontrolsframework.com

[to download the SCF you need to create a free account on the SCF website and you can immediately download the Excel version of the SCF] 



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Free Download - Secure Controls Framework (SCF)

If you are not familiar with the Secure Controls Framework (SCF), it was developed with the ambitious goal of providing a comprehensive catalog of cybersecurity and privacy control guidance to cover the strategic, operational and tactical needs of organizations, regardless of its size, industry or country of origin. By using the SCF, your IT, cybersecurity, legal and project teams can speak the same language about controls and requirement expectations!


The Secure Controls Framework (SCF) is an open source project that provides free cybersecurity and privacy controls for business. The SCF focuses on internal controls, which are the cybersecurity and privacy-related policies, standards, procedures and other processes that are designed to provide reasonable assurance that business objectives will be achieved and undesired events will be prevented, detected and corrected. 

Customize The SCF Online

You can customize the SCF online at https://www.securecontrolsframework.com/customize-the-scf and it will allow you to select only those laws, regulations and industry frameworks that apply. The end result is you can export a customized control set in CSV format that you can edit in Excel. You will be prompted to create a free account that will let you download the SCF, as well as use the SCF customization tool (shown below):



Best-In-Class Coverage

Where the SCF is truly unique is its industry-agnostic focus on both security and privacy controls that creates a hybrid that makes up for shortcomings by leading frameworks:


The SCF is designed to empower organizations to design, implement and manage both cybersecurity and privacy principles to address strategic, operational and tactical guidance. It is far more than building for compliance - we know that if you build-in security and privacy principles, complying with statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations will come naturally. Controls are often a missing piece in a company's cybersecurity program or controls exist in "compliance islands" where the controls are only applicable to certain compliance requirements, such as SOX, PCI DSS or NIST 800-171. That might be easy from a compliance perspective, but it is not good security. The SCF is designed to help companies be both secure and compliant. 


Focus On What Matters - Data-Centric Approach To Governing People, Processes & Technology

It is important to understand that controls exist to protect an organization’s data. In support of this concept of being data-centric, look at the example of asset management requirements in terms of cybersecurity and privacy – those administrative, technical and physical security controls do not primarily exist to protect the inherent value of the asset, but the data it contains, because assets are merely data containers. Assets, such as laptops, servers and network infrastructure are commodities that can be easily replaced, but the data cannot. This mindset of being data-centric is crucial to understand when developing, implementing and governing a cybersecurity and privacy program.


While most organizations do not have a Data Centric Architecture (DCA), based on technical debt and legacy processes, it is possible to implement Data Centric Security (DCS) that can put the organization on a path to building a DCA. This all comes down to designing, implementing and managing the appropriate cybersecurity and privacy controls that govern people, processes and technology. This is where the DSP and SCF can be invaluable.





Understanding the requirements for both cybersecurity and privacy principles involves a simple process of distilling expectations. This process is all part of documenting reasonable expectations that are “right-sized” for an organization, since every organization has unique requirements. The approach looks at the following spheres of influence to identify applicable controls:

Statutory Obligations - These are US state, federal and international laws

Regulatory Obligations - These are requirements from regulatory bodies or governmental agencies

Contractual Obligations - These are requirements that are stipulated in contracts, vendor agreements, etc.

Industry-Recognized Leading Practices - These are requirements that are based on an organization’s specific industry.


For years, the "CIA Triad" defined the pillars of cybersecurity. Things have changed and it is now the "CIAS Quadrant" that governs the reasons for implementing cybersecurity and privacy controls. These four pillars are Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability and Safety. The DSP & SCF can help you implement these four principles of cybersecurity and privacy in your organization!


CONFIDENTIALITY - Confidentiality addresses preserving restrictions on information access and disclosure so that access is limited to only authorized users and services.

INTEGRITY - Integrity addresses the concern that sensitive data has not been modified or deleted in an unauthorized and undetected manner.

AVAILABILITY - Availability addresses ensuring timely and reliable access to and use of information.

SAFETY - Safety addresses reducing risk associated with embedded technologies that could fail or be manipulated by nefarious actors.

Operationalize The SCF With ComplianceForge Products

If you like what you see with the Secure Controls Framework, you can use these ComplianceForge products to operationalize those SCF controls in a cost-effective and efficient manner:


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