TIC 3.0 Core Guidance Documents


TIC 3.0 core guidance documents are intended to be used collectively in order to achieve the goals of the program. The documents are additive; each builds on the other like chapters in a book. The final core guidance is available below.

The TIC 3.0 core guidance are sequential in nature and include:

  1. Program Guidebook (Volume 1) – Outlines the modernized TIC program and includes its historical context
  2. Reference Architecture (Volume 2) – Defines the concepts of the program to guide and constrain the diverse implementations of the security capabilities
  3. Security Capabilities Catalog (Volume 3) – Indexes security capabilities relevant to TIC
  4. Use Case Handbook (Volume 4) – Introduces use cases, which describe an implementation of TIC for each identified use
  5. Overlay Handbook (Volume 5) – Introduces overlays, which map the security functions of a service provider to the TIC capabilities

The current TIC use cases available, as generally described by the Use Case Handbook, are:

  • Traditional TIC Use Case – Describes the architecture and security capabilities guidance for the conventional TIC implementation
  • Branch Office Use Case – Describes the architecture and security capabilities guidance for remote offices
  • Draft Remote User Use Case – Describes the architecture and security capabilities guidance for remote users

In addition to the core guidance, this page houses other pertinent references, such as:

  • Pilot Process Handbook - Establishes a framework for agencies to execute pilots
  • Response to Comments on Draft TIC 3.0 Guidance Documentation (2020) – Summarizes the comments, and modifications in response to, the feedback received for the draft core documents in Summer 2020.
  • Response to Comments on TIC 3.0 Traditional TIC Use Case and TIC 3.0 Branch Office Use Case (2021) - Summarizes the comments, and modifications in response to, the feedback received for the draft TIC 3.0 Traditional TIC Use Case and draft TIC 3.0 Branch Office Use Case.

Deprecated versions of the core guidance can be referenced here for comparison. Additional information regarding TIC 3.0 documentation can be found on the CISA website. Historical TIC program documentation has been archived to the TIC page on OMB MAX.

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