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.
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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.
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 quickly turns up 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.
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The NIST CSF Framework
The framework is divided into three components: Framework Core, Implementation Tiers, and Profiles.
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..
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.
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.
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At MegaplanIT, we understand the demands of your business. You need your data to be accessible to your organization, yet impenetrable from the outside. You also have to comply with increasingly stringent information security regulations, which are vital not only to your security but to your success. On top of that, you’re still, well—running a business.
Our innovative IT security and compliance solutions are designed to deliver customized, cost-effective service on time. With a highly qualified team of PCI-DSS QSAs, Penetration Testers, and Information Security Consultants here at MegaplanIT, we will assess your unique company and business environment and design a path to security that will fit all of your needs.