What is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a government entity with a mission to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness. They created the Cybersecurity Framework as a voluntary set of standards, guidelines, and practices designed to help organizations manage IT security risks. Companies can utilize this framework to measure their cybersecurity practices relative to the threats they specifically face.

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) is an accessible, flexible, cost-effective approach to maximize protection and resilience across an organization. In addition, it can relate to any industry and company size. Most importantly, the framework helps create plans to determine what to do before, during and after a cyber incident.


Why should I align my cybersecurity program with the NIST CSF?

Compliance: Organizations across many different sectors need to comply with various government regulations. Compliance standards such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, NERC CIP, FISMA, NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, and GDPR all commonly cover data security. The NIST CSF can be used to comply with any security mandate to which your industry must comply.

Goal setting: The framework is categorized by tiers to help you understand your current risk level and where you realistically should be. This goal setting standard opens up the conversation between upper management and IT about what constitutes an acceptable level of risk. You can utilize your desired tiers to set target scores and ensure that all key stakeholders agree before you proceed.

Proven results: The NIST CSF is utilized across various industries. Regardless of the regulatory requirements, technical design, and controls in place for an organization, it has proven to be successful. By aligning your people, processes and technology with this framework, you can create a seamless cybersecurity program and culture.


On the Twelfth Day of Cybersecurity, Kyber Security gave to me…

A complimentary NIST CSF Gap Analysis.

Every organization’s cyber threat risk profile, regulatory requirements, and financial and time constraints are unique. The NIST CSF Gap Analysis will help you make the best informed decision on the security improvements or changes needed for your organization’s unique needs.  It’s a comprehensive report that will provide valuable insight into your environment.

The Gap Analysis will give you a clear picture of your current security position as it aligns with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the position you desire to be in. We will establish your risk score and a comprehensive remediation strategy by identifying what needs to be protected, implementing safeguards, and detecting, responding to, and recovering from events and incidents.

If you are asking, “How secure are we?” and “What is our current risk exposure?” we recommend taking advantage of this complimentary analysis. It will provide you with the knowledge needed to answer these two questions. If you have concerns with phishing attacks, ransomware attacks, data compliance, or other IT security measures, this gap analysis will help you determine a plan to protect your organization.

To schedule your NIST CSF Gap Analysis, email us at marketing@kybersecure.com.