This requirement applies to employees, individuals with permanent physical access authorization credentials, and visitors. Authorized individuals have credentials that include badges, identification cards, and smart cards. Organizations determine the strength of authorization credentials needed consistent with applicable laws, directives, policies, regulations, standards, procedures, and guidelines. This requirement applies only to areas within facilities that have not been designated as publicly accessible.  Limiting physical access to equipment may include placing equipment in locked rooms or other secured areas and allowing access to authorized individuals only; and placing equipment in locations that can be monitored by organizational personnel. Computing devices, external disk drives, networking devices, monitors, printers, copiers, scanners, facsimile machines, and audio devices are examples of equipment. 

Priority: High   

Category: Physical Security 

Services Associated with AWS:   

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), AWS Security Hub, AWS CloudTrail (for monitoring access events) 

Objective Evidence:   

  • Administrative: documented policies, standards & procedures
  • Administrative: supporting documentation to demonstrate how Physical Role Based Access Control (P-RBAC) is implemented

Possible Technology Considerations : 


What needs to be answered :  

Has the facility/building manager designated building areas as “sensitive” and designed physical security protections to limit physical access to the area to only authorized employees? Are output devices such as printers placed in areas where their use does not expose data to unauthorized individuals? Are lists of personnel with authorized access developed and maintained, and are appropriate authorization credentials issued? 

  • Physical Access Control to Organizational Systems and Equipment
    Description: This check ensures that physical access to organizational systems, equipment, and their respective operating environments is limited to authorized individuals. Physical access controls include the use of credentials such as badges, identification cards, and smart cards, as well as the placement of equipment in secured areas and the monitoring of access by organizational personnel.

More Details:   

No CUI stored in company facilities. All CUI storage done via AWS services.