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System Security Plans

A System Security Plan proves you meet Game Warden's Authority To Operate (ATO) security requirements and is instrumental in obtaining your Certificate to Field. You create the SSP from a template form inside the Game Warden app. The SSP includes required external approvals and proof of an active government contract for your company. The Game Warden Security team reviews this form and it is used as part of your Deployment Passport.

SSPs in App Central

IL2 and IL4 Selections

The System Security Plans (SSP) section off App Central allows you to to create new SSPs as well as view and edit any existing SSPs. To view or edit an existing SSP, click the corresponding block. To create a new SSP, click the + ADD SSP button.

All SSPs are specific to Production (PRD) environments and align with the Impact Level you designate. You must create an SSP for each Impact Level to which you intend to deploy your application.


Tooltips provide explanatory text that guides you through form completion as you develop your SSP. An “i” enclosed in a circle represents a tooltip. Select this icon to gain additional insight.

SSP Sections

SSP Main

Page panels/sections include:


This section allows you to include an abbreviated Application Name or alias. The Application Name might be a shortened name that you use for a specific IL. For example, your Application Name might be Bossy Apps, but the abbreviated name or alias for IL4 might be Boss. This section includes the Application Name, System Version, and Impact Level fields.


Authorization Boundary Diagram

This section requires you to provide your software components and data connections such that our team may understand your system design – ensuring proper connections to our environment. For example, we need to know your external data connections and similar components. You must complete a Game Warden-provided template for upload. For additional information, read Authorization Boundary Diagrams.

auth boundary

Role Identification

You must provide the names of government persons pertinent to your contract/application. Each grouping contains a tooltip which – upon selection – provides explanatory text about the roles you must identify. This section contains the Full Name, Title, Organization, Email, and Phone fields for the Government Authorizing Official, Government System Owner, Government Information System Security Manager, Government Contract Sponsor, Government Prime Contractor, Company Product Owner, and Company Security Manager.

role id


This section requires you to include or exclude components. The components you exclude will neither appear in your Deployment Passport SSP nor be deployed at this IL.


Information Security

You must provide information that helps our team understand your application security levels, such as Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability. This section also includes the Distribution Control Type and Controlled Unclassified Information drop-down list boxes. You can provide applicable Security Classification Guide information along with insight specific to Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

info sec

Deployment Information

You must add information relative to government access cards and contract details along with insight into your application and external systems. For example, you must provide the names of all system personnel with a government access card, such as a Common Access Card (CAC), External Certification Authority (ECA), or a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card. For additional information, read Government Access Cards. You must include the Full Name, Title, DoD Number, and Expiration Date. You also must list Government Contract details along with Application Programming Languages, Dependencies, Databases, and External Systems.

deploy info

CAC Personnel

For access to your endpoint and logs in an IL4 or higher environment, your team will need to have approved Government Access Cards. List these team members in this section.

cac personnel

Business Continuity

You must provide at least two emergency contacts who may be notified if there are events, such as outages. This section contains the Full Name, Title, Email, and Phone fields.

business continuity

Technical Artifacts

This section is where you can upload the final versions of your technical artifacts to include in your Deployment Passport.

tech artifacts

Creating a New System Security Plan

Follow the below steps to create new System Security Plans.

  1. Click the Add SSP Plus Symbol

  2. This opens the Create SSP modal.

    Create SSP Modal

    • You must select an Impact Level
    • The Duplicate Existing SSP option allows you to import data from previously compiled SSPs into a new one, saving you the time to enter the same information
      • You will be prompted to select which SSP you'd like to duplicate
      • Do not set this option to Yes if creating an entirely new SSP
  3. A new page opens, displaying the panels described above. You must click Fill Out Form to begin content entry, selecting Save to store changes.

    • As you add content to develop each SSP, the panel headers turn green – indicating panel or section completion. You can click Fill Out Form, should you need to edit content. Delete SSP, as its name implies, allows you to remove all file content. You might use this feature if, for example, you discover that you no longer need to deploy to IL4.

SSP Completed Panels


Future automation includes validation checks that ensure SSP content accuracy. For example, there will be checks to ensure you do not include Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in IL2 SSP documents.

SSP Updating Best Practice

As the softwared development lifecycle is iterative and numerous changes are made to your application's containers, we recommend verifying the information in your SSP at least monthly.

Last Updated 04/05/24

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