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Audit And Accountability

CMMC Level


800-171 Control #


CMMC Description

Limit management of audit logging functionality to a subset of privileged users.

CMMC Clarification

Organizations should restrict access to audit logging functions to a limited number of privileged users that can modify audit logs and audit settings. There are three classes of users: general users, privileged users, and audit managers. General users should not be granted permissions to perform audit management. All audit managers should come from the set of privileged users, but only a small subset of privileged users will be given audit management responsibilities. Functions performed by privileged users must be distinctly separate from the functions performed by users who have audit-related responsibilities to reduce the potential of fraudulent activities by privileged users not being detected or reported. Example You are in charge of IT operations in your organization. You are responsible for the administration of the infrastructure, but you are not an audit manager and cannot review audit logs, delete audit logs, or modify audit log settings. Full control of audit logging functions has been given to the security auditors, and they are able to review logs and modify audit log settings. This separation of system administration duties from audit logging management is necessary to prevent possible log file tampering.

800-171 Description

Limit management of audit logging functionality to a subset of privileged users.

800-171 Discussion

Individuals with privileged access to a system and who are also the subject of an audit by that system, may affect the reliability of audit information by inhibiting audit logging activities or modifying audit records. This requirement specifies that privileged access be further defined between audit-related privileges and other privileges, thus limiting the users with audit-related privileges.

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CIS Control References

NIST 800-53 Control Ref.

NIST SP 800-53 Rev 4 AU-6(7), AU-9(4)

CMMC Derived

NIST CSF Control References

NIST 800-171 References

NIST SP 800-171 Rev 1 3.3.9

Applicable FAR Clause

NIST CSF Control Reference

CERT RMM Reference


Modification of NIST 800-171B Reference

NIST 800-171B Reference

UK NCSCCyber Reference

AS ACSC Reference


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AU.3.050.[a] a subset of privileged users granted access to manage audit logging functionality is defined; and

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AU.3.050.[b] management of audit logging functionality is limited to the defined subset of privileged users.

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