CIS Benchmarks Community

CIS Benchmarks are the only consensus-developed secure configuration recommendations both created and trusted by a global community of IT security professionals from academia, government, and industry.

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Help Develop and Maintain the CIS Benchmarks

There are more than 12,000 professionals in the CIS Benchmarks Communities. Creating CIS Benchmarks recommendations requires a wide variety of skills. If you have expertise in risk, security, compliance, or technology and a collaborative spirit, you’re just the kind of person we’re looking for.

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Multiple Volunteering Roles and Ways you can help and be a part of the community.

  • Technical and Security Subject Matter Expert (SME)
    Share expertise in a given technology family and/or in broad security issues and system interactions to devise the recommendations for a CIS Benchmark.
  • Editor
    Make changes directly to the CIS Benchmarks themselves. (Note: This position requires a higher level of commitment and responsibility than some of the other volunteer roles. As such, it requires a signed agreement between you and the CIS.)
  • Technical Writer
    Use strong writing and proofreading skills to clearly articulate CIS Benchmarks recommendations.
  • Tester
    Review and comment on technical details of the open discussions or tickets on a particular CIS Benchmark.
  • Contributor
    Use a ticketing system to propose changes to the content of a CIS Benchmark. Alternatively, they can get help and/or answer other people's questions within a community Q&A discussion forum.

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Perks of Volunteering

All volunteers have the benefit of working together with like-minded individuals who are committed to creating confidence in the connected world. Expert volunteers contributing to CIS Benchmarks guidance ensure more accurate recommendations from the people who know the technologies best. Editors enjoy the added benefit of earning CPEs through (ISC)² for their work.


How to Get Started

  1. Sign in to your CIS WorkBench account. Don't have one yet? It's free to join.
  2. Download and review our CIS Benchmarks Development Guide.
  3. Look up a particular technology, system, or area of expertise related to the CIS Benchmarks in the "Communities" tab.
  4. Become a part of a CIS Benchmarks community by clicking here.
  5. At that point, you can begin posting questions, submitting tickets, and exploring other ways you can help the community you've joined.

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What Our Volunteers Are Saying

The greatest strength in 'Security' is 'Community.' Participation in the communities that create the CIS Benchmarks not only makes for better Benchmarks, as we all bring our unique perspectives and knowledge to the group, but it also strengthens us as individuals. Old ideas are challenged, new ideas are introduced, and the merits of several perspectives come together to help define 'what is security?”Linux CIS Benchmarks Community Participant

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CIS Benchmarks Community


Communities in need of volunteers Apache Cassandra
Cisco
Fortinet (FortiGate expertise preferred)
IBM WebSphere Liberty
Juniper
MariaDB
Microsoft 365
Microsoft Office
NGINX
Palo Alto Firewall
IBM z/OS

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