Austrian IT Security Handbook

Published under Risk Management


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General information
Basic information to identify the product

Method or tool name : Österreichisches IT-Sicherheitshandbuch (Austrian IT Security Handbook)
Vendor name : Bundeskanzleramt (Austrian federal chancellery)
Country of origin : Austria

Level of reference of the product
Details about the type of initiator of the product

Public / government organisation : Austrian federal chancellery

Specify the phases this method supports and a short description

R.A. Method phases supported

  • Risk identification : The handbook contains a generic description of RA, but does not specify a special method
  • Risk analysis
  • Risk evaluation

R.M. Method phases supported

  • Risk assessment: Part 1, chapter 4
  • Risk treatment : Part 1, chapter 5.1, part 2
  • Risk acceptance : Part 1, chapter 5.2
  • Risk communication : Part1, chapters 5.5 and 6.2

Brief description of the product

  • The Austrian IT Security Handbook consists of 2 parts. Part 1 gives a detailed description of the IT security management process, including development of security policies, risk analysis, design of security concepts, implementation of the security plan and follow-up activities. Part 2 is a collection of 230 baseline security measures. A tool supporting the implementation is available as a prototype. The Austrian IT Security Handbook was originally developed for government organizations, and is now available for all types of business. The handbook is compliant with ISO/IEC IS 13335, the German IT-Grundschutzhandbuch and partly with ISO/IEC IS 17799.

Date of the first edition, date and number of actual version

Date of first release : 1998
Date and identification of the last version : Version 2.2, November 2004

Useful links
Link for further information

Official web site :
User group web site : N/A
Relevant web site : N/A

List the available languages that the tool supports

Availability in European languages : German

Specify the price for the method

  • Free

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Target organisations
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  • Government, agencies
  • Large companies
  • SME
  • Commercial CIEs
  • Non commercial CIEs

Specific sector : N/A

Geographical spread
Information concerning the spread of this tool

Used in EU member states : Austria
Used in non-EU member states : N/A

Level of detail
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  • Management
  • Operational

License and certification scheme
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Recognized licensing scheme : No
Existing certification scheme : No

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Users viewpoint

Skills needed
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  • To introduce : Standard
  • To use : Standard
  • To maintain : Standard

Consultancy support
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Consultancy : Not necessary

Regulatory compliance
There is a given compliance of the product with international regulations

  • N/A

Compliance to IT standards
There is a compliance with a national or international standard

Trial before purchase
Details regarding the evaluation period (if any) before purchase of the product.

Availability : Product is free

Maturity level of the Information system
The product gives a means of measurement for the maturity of the information system security

It is possible to measure the I.S.S. maturity level : No

Tools supporting the method
List of tools that support the product

Non commercial tools

  • Yes, in prototype status (free of charge)

Commercial tools

  • N/A

Technical integration of available tools
Particular supporting tools (see C-7) can be integrated with other tools

Tools can be integrated with other tools : No

Organisation processes integration
The method provides interfaces to existing processes within the organisation

Method provides interfaces to other organisational processes : Business continuity, change management, system management

Flexible knowledge databases
It is possible to adapt a knowledge database specific to the activity domain of the company.

Method allows use of sector adapted databases : No

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