Accountability

Accountability definition in Computer Security terms:

Acronym(s): None

Definition(s): The principle that an individual is entrusted to safeguard and control equipment, keying material, and information and is answerable to proper authority for the loss or misuse of that equipment or information.
Source(s): CNSSI 4009-2015 (NSA/CSS Manual Number 3-16 (COMSEC))

The security goal that generates the requirement for actions of an entity to be traced uniquely to that entity. This supports non-repudiation, deterrence, fault isolation, intrusion detection and prevention, and after-action recovery and legal action.
Source(s): CNSSI 4009-2015 (NIST SP 800-27 Rev. A)
NIST SP 800-27 Rev. A

A property that ensures that the actions of an entity may be traced uniquely to that entity.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-57 Part 1 Rev. 3
NIST SP 800-57 Part 2

The security objective that generates the requirement for actions of an entity to be traced uniquely to that entity. This supports non-repudiation, deterrence, fault isolation, intrusion detection and prevention, and after-action recovery and legal action.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-33

Synonym(s): None

 

reference: CSRC Glossary