• Requirement

    Implement the security design principle of trusted communications channels in [Assignment: organization-defined systems or system components].

  • Discussion

    The principle of trusted communication channels states that when composing a system where there is a potential threat to communications between components (i.e., the interconnections between components), each communication channel is trustworthy to a level commensurate with the security dependencies it supports (i.e., how much it is trusted by other components to perform its security functions). Trusted communication channels are achieved by a combination of restricting access to the communication channel (to ensure an acceptable match in the trustworthiness of the endpoints involved in the communication) and employing end-to-end protections for the data transmitted over the communication channel (to protect against interception and modification and to further increase the assurance of proper end-to-end communication).

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  • Title

    Security and Privacy Engineering Principles | Trusted Communications Channels
  • Family

    System and Services Acquisition
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