SA-3(2): Use of Live or Operational Data

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(Not part of any baseline)

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Control is new to this version of the control set and incorporates the following item from the previous version: SA-15(9): Use Of Live Data.

Control Statement

  1. Approve, document, and control the use of live data in preproduction environments for the system, system component, or system service; and
  2. Protect preproduction environments for the system, system component, or system service at the same impact or classification level as any live data in use within the preproduction environments.

Supplemental Guidance

Live data is also referred to as operational data. The use of live or operational data in preproduction (i.e., development, test, and integration) environments can result in significant risks to organizations. In addition, the use of personally identifiable information in testing, research, and training increases the risk of unauthorized disclosure or misuse of such information. Therefore, it is important for the organization to manage any additional risks that may result from the use of live or operational data. Organizations can minimize such risks by using test or dummy data during the design, development, and testing of systems, system components, and system services. Risk assessment techniques may be used to determine if the risk of using live or operational data is acceptable.