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Issuers

The harmonized title the UCF team has given all those who either publish or promulgate authority documents.

Authority Documents

Statutes, regulations, directives, principles, standards, guidelines, best practices, policies, and procedures.

Citations

A passage or expression in a document that is quoted or cited.

Common Controls

The specific steps or actions within a compliance mandate that must be met to fulfill a compliance requirement. Common Controls harmonize wording across Authority Documents so you can compare Authority Documents or track your compliance status.

Assets

A service or thing owned by an organization or person that falls under the purview of an Authority Document's controls either because of its value or its configuration properties.

Configuration Items

A part of an asset specifically called out during the audit process.

Configuration Methods

An object that can be used to modify software functionality.

Acronyms

An abbreviation formed from the initial letters of words in a phrase.

Metrics

A modifiable element within a Configurable Item that can affect performance and system function.

cDocs

A compliance document comprised of controls within an organization, such as a checklist, framework, plan, policy, standard, procedure, template.

Vendors

The organization that creates an Asset.

Dictionary

Compliance Dictionary gives the people writing compliance guidelines and those tasked with understanding and implementing them, a way to efficiently check their language choices and standardize terminology.

Roles

A word or phrase that represents the function an individual, process, organization, etc. is supposed to achieve.

Events

The activities and actions an organization must track to comply with various controls.

Triggering Events

A unique activity within a given process or state that causes an event or situation to happen.

Audit

A systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which the audit criteria are fulfilled.

Organization

A named organized body of people with a particular purpose, especially a business, society, association, etc. For generic, unnamed, organizations see Group designator.

Groups

A division within an organization or a formation of individuals outside an organization. A generic, unnamed organization.

Organization Functions

The high level administrative departments of an organization.

Organization Tasks

An individual process or task and organization performs.

Record Category

A class, grouping, or set of records.

Record Examples

An individual record within a Record Category.

Data Contents

A field within a record.