Computer Security Act of 1987
|Long title||An Act to provide for a computer standards program within the National Bureau of Standards, to provide for Government-wide computer security, and to provide for the training in security matters of persons who are involved in the management, operation, and use of Federal computer systems, and for other purposes.|
|Enacted by||the 100th United States Congress|
|Effective||January 8, 1988|
|Statutes at Large||101 Stat. 1724|
|Titles amended||15 U.S.C.: Commerce and Trade|
|U.S.C. sections amended|
The Computer Security Law of 1987, Public Law No. 100-235 (H.R. 145), (Jan. 8, 1988), was passed by the United States Congress. It was passed to improve the security and privacy of sensitive information in federal computer systems and to establish a minimum acceptable security practices for such systems. It requires the creation of computer security plans, and the appropriate training of system users or owners where the systems house sensitive information.
It was repealed by the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 SEC. 305. (a)
- Assigns the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, At the time named National Bureau of Standards) to develop standards of minimum acceptable practices with the help of the NSA
- Requires establishment of security policies for Federal computer systems that contain sensitive information.
- Mandatory security awareness training for federal employees that use those systems.
- "Information Security: The Computer Security Act of 1987--H.R. 145" (PDF). U.S. GAO:Office of Public Affairs. U.S. Government Accountability Office. February 25, 1987. OCLC 16999161.
- "Computer Security: Status of Compliance With the Computer Security Act of 1987" (PDF). U.S. GAO:Office of Public Affairs. U.S. Government Accountability Office. September 22, 1988. OCLC 19256725.
- "Computer Security: Compliance With Training Requirements of the Computer Security Act of 1987" (PDF). U.S. GAO:Office of Public Affairs. U.S. Government Accountability Office. February 22, 1989. OCLC 27992135.