Welcome to the CIS Controls Library

The CIS Controls are a set of internationally recognized measures developed, refined, and validated by leading IT security experts from around the world. The CIS Controls represent the most important cyber hygiene actions every organization should implement to protect their IT networks.

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NEW CIS Controls Version 6.1 (PDF)
Download the entire CIS Controls for Effective Cyber Defense Version 6.1 with Foundational and Advanced catetories in a PDF file complete with narrative background.

NEW CIS Community Attack Model
This paper outlines the CIS Community Attack Model and a process for updating the CIS Controls based on current threat reports.

NEW Privacy Implications Guide (PDF)
This guide is intended to identify opportunities to integrate privacy considerations into the CIS Controls.

Executive Summary (PDF)
This document addresses common questions about implementing the CIS Controls in organizations, such as the level of effort, cost, and time to implement.

Practical Guidance for Implementing the Critical Security Controls (PDF)
This document provides an overview and introduction to the CIS Controls, which includes background on the philosophy of the Controls and the community that develops the resources.

CIS Controls Change Log (Excel Spreadsheet)
This Change Log tracks the revisions from Controls Version 6.0 to Version 6.1

CIS Controls Measurement Companion Guide (PDF)
This document provides guidance on how to measure the effectiveness and implementation of the CIS Controls.

CIS Controls Version 6.0 (PDF)
Download the entire CIS Controls for Effective Cyber Defense Version 6.0 document in a PDF file complete with narrative background.

CIS Controls Version 6.1 (Excel Spreadsheet)
This is a spreadsheet version of all of the 6.1 CIS Controls and sub-Controls.

CIS Controls Version 6.0 (Excel Spreadsheet)
This is a spreadsheet version of all of the 6.0 CIS Controls and sub-Controls.

CIS Controls Internet of Things Companion Guide (PDF)
This companion addresses challenges and issues related to implementing secure IOT networks.

CIS Controls Mobile Security Companion (PDF)
This document offers guidance for applying the CIS Controls to mobile devices.

CIS Controls Privacy Companion (PDF)
This guide provides a possible outline for developing a privacy impact assessment based on the CIS Controls.

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