ASTM E2674 - 09

    Standard Practice for Assessment of Impact of Mobile Data Storage Device (MDSD) Loss

    Active Standard ASTM E2674 | Developed by Subcommittee: E53.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.12


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    Significance and Use

    This practice establishes a standard impact assessment methodology to enable entities to uniformly ascertain and communicate impact levels associated with the potential loss of MDSDs. This practice is not intended to prescribe specific information security policies for entities or organizations. This practice assumes that individuals and entities are following all relevant information security policies as required by federal or state law, the terms of applicable government contracts, specific agency policies such as the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), and entity-specific policies.

    This practice assumes, but does not require, that entities have devised and are maintaining a system of internal controls over MDSDs in accordance with the section on Management of Property of Practice E 2279.

    This practice assumes, but does not require, that the results of this impact assessment will inform future actions and help entities determine cost-effective property control measures for MDSDs commensurate with the potential consequences of their loss in accordance with the section on Management of Property of Practice E 2279.

    This practice encourages an inclusive understanding and communication of the risk associated with MDSDs and, by assigning a rating to the impact of loss, enables comparisons on this basis to other MDSDs rated using the same practice.

    This practice is intended to foster and enable additional standard practices related to or based on these terms and concepts.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice describes a methodology for assessing and quantifying the impact of the loss of mobile data storage devices (MDSDs), for example, thumb drives, auxiliary hard drives, and other property containing personally identifiable information or other entity sensitive information.

    1.2 This practice is based on two concepts:

    1.2.1 Identifying the MDSDs that pose the greatest risk to the organization based on both the information that is stored on them and the location in which they are used, and

    1.2.2 Determining the impact of the potential loss of specific MDSDs. In general, this impact assessment is best practiced as a part of a larger risk management process. While this practice does not address this larger topic, it may inform other risk management standards.

    1.3 This practice is intended to be applicable and appropriate for all asset-holding entities.

    1.4 In accordance with the provisions of Practice E 2279, this practice clarifies and enables effective and efficient control and tracking of equipment.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E2135 Terminology for Property and Asset Management

    E2279 Practice for Establishing the Guiding Principles of Property Management

    E2452 Practice for Equipment Management Process Maturity (EMPM) Model

    E2495 Practice for Prioritizing Asset Resources in Acquisition, Utilization, and Disposition

    E2499 Practice for Classification of Asset Physical Location Information

    E2608 Practice for Equipment Control Matrix (ECM)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 35.220.99 (Other data storage devices)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 80131801(Property management); 71151106(Data storage and backup)


    DOI: 10.1520/E2674-09

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