Assessing Security and Privacy Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations: Building Effective Assessment Plans [open pdf - 4MB]
From the Abstract: "This publication provides a set of procedures for conducting assessments of security controls and privacy controls employed within federal information systems and organizations. The assessment procedures, executed at various phases of the system development life cycle, are consistent with the security and privacy controls in NIST [National Institute of Standards and Technology] Special Publication 800-53, Revision 4. The procedures are customizable and can be easily tailored to provide organizations with the needed flexibility to conduct security control assessments and privacy control assessments that support organizational risk management processes and that are aligned with the stated risk tolerance of the organization. Information on building effective security assessment plans and privacy assessment plans is also provided along with guidance on analyzing assessment results."
NIST Special Publication 800-53A Revision 4
National Institute of Standards and Technology: http://www.nist.gov/