PS-6: Access Agreements

Control Family:

Personnel Security

CSF v1.1 References:

PF v1.0 References:


  • Low
    • PS-6
  • Moderate
    • PS-6
  • High
    • PS-6

Next Version:

Control Statement

The organization:

  1. Develops and documents access agreements for organizational information systems;
  2. Reviews and updates the access agreements [Assignment: organization-defined frequency]; and
  3. Ensures that individuals requiring access to organizational information and information systems:
    1. Sign appropriate access agreements prior to being granted access; and
    2. Re-sign access agreements to maintain access to organizational information systems when access agreements have been updated or [Assignment: organization-defined frequency].

Supplemental Guidance

Access agreements include, for example, nondisclosure agreements, acceptable use agreements, rules of behavior, and conflict-of-interest agreements. Signed access agreements include an acknowledgement that individuals have read, understand, and agree to abide by the constraints associated with organizational information systems to which access is authorized. Organizations can use electronic signatures to acknowledge access agreements unless specifically prohibited by organizational policy.

Control Enhancements

PS-6(2): Classified Information Requiring Special Protection


(Not part of any baseline)

The organization ensures that access to classified information requiring special protection is granted only to individuals who: Have a valid access authorization that is demonstrated by assigned official government duties; Satisfy associated personnel security criteria; and Have read, understood, and signed a nondisclosure agreement.

PS-6(3): Post-Employment Requirements


(Not part of any baseline)

The organization: Notifies individuals of applicable, legally binding post-employment requirements for protection of organizational information; and Requires individuals to sign an acknowledgment of these requirements, if applicable, as part of granting initial access to covered information.