NIST Cybersecurity Framework Assessment
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) is an excellent starting point for any security program. Our expert assessors use NIST CSF to help you identify and resolve weaknesses in your organization’s security program.
NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF)
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework was originally published in 2014, following a collaborative process involving industry, academia, and government agencies, as directed by presidential executive order. It is a set of optional standards, best practices, and recommendations for improving cybersecurity at the organizational level.
In contrast to the NIST Special Publications 800-53 and 800-171, NIST Cybersecurity Framework was designed for private sector organizations. This framework is intended to provide guidance for non-governmental organizations to assess and improve their ability to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber-attacks.
Our security and compliance experts partner with your team to assess your organization’s security program against the NIST CSF framework. Our step-by-step process will identify any weaknesses that need to be addressed, and our team provides thorough recommendations and guidance on how to bring your program in line with NIST CSF guidelines.
The 3 Components of NIST CSF Framework
Framework Core, Implementation Tiers, and Profiles.
Component 1: Framework Core
The core component of NIST CSF is “a set of activities to achieve specific cybersecurity outcomes, and references examples of guidance to achieve those outcomes.” It’s broken down into four elements:
There are five functions used to organize cybersecurity efforts: identify, protect, detect, respond, and recover. Together, these form a top-level approach to securing systems and responding to threats.
Each function contains categories used to identify specific tasks or challenges. For example, the protect function could include access control, regular software updates, and anti-malware programs.
These are further divisions of categories with specific objectives. The software updates category could be divided into tasks such as ensuring Windows updates are configured properly.
Documentation, steps for execution, standards, and other guidelines fall into this category. A prime example in the manual Windows update category is a document outlining steps to manually update Windows PCs..
Component 2: Implementation Tiers
There are four tiers of implementation, and while CSF documents don't consider them maturity levels, the higher tiers are considered a more complete implementation of CSF standards.
Organizations that have an ad-hoc and reactive cybersecurity posture. They have little awareness of organizational risk and any plans implemented are often done inconsistently.
Risk-informed organizations may be approving cybersecurity measures, but implementation is still piecemeal. They are aware of risks, have plans, and have the proper resources to protect themselves but haven’t quite gotten to a proactive point.
The third tier is called repeatable, meaning that an organization has implemented CSF standards company-wide and are able to repeatedly respond to crises. The policy is consistently applied, and employees are informed of risks.
This tier indicates total adoption of the CSF. Adaptive organizations aren’t just prepared to respond to threats—they proactively detect threats and predict issues based on current trends and their IT architecture.
Component 3: Profiles
Profiles are both outlines of an organization's current cybersecurity status and roadmaps toward CSF goals. NIST said having multiple profiles—both current and goal—can help an organization find weak spots in its cybersecurity implementations and make moving from lower to higher tiers easier. Profiles also help connect the functions, categories, and subcategories to business requirements, risk tolerance, and resources of the larger organization it serves. Think of profiles as an executive summary of everything done with the previous three elements of the CSF.
Component 3: Profiles
Profiles are both outlines of an organization's current cybersecurity status and roadmaps toward CSF goals. NIST said having multiple profiles—both current and goal—can help an organization find weak spots in its cybersecurity implementations and make moving from lower to higher tiers easier.
Profiles also help connect the functions, categories, and subcategories to business requirements, risk tolerance, and resources of the larger organization it serves. Think of profiles as an executive summary of everything done with the previous three elements of the CSF.
Why Choose MegaplanIT For You NIST Frameworks?
⦁ Assistance with regulatory compliance
• Potential future improvements in legal exposure
• Effective measurement, monitoring, and communications of security posture
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⦁ laying the groundwork for future requests for proposals (RFPs)
⦁ Partnerships that require NIST CSF compliance.
The standard developed by NIST CSF enables auditors to evaluate security programs and controls in a standardized format, eliminating the need for multiple security compliance documents.
With NIST CSF, sensible standards can more easily be established. Organizations can use these standards to determine the appropriate level of security protections required, ensuring efficient utilization of security budgets.
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