Cyber Maturity (NIST CSF)

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The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) is supported by governments and industries worldwide as a recommended baseline for use by any organization, regardless of its sector or size. According to Gartner, the CSF was used by approximately 30 percent of US organizations and usage is projected to reach 50 percent by the end of 2020. Since Fiscal Year 2016, federal agency Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) metrics have been organized around the CSF, and agencies are now required to implement the CSF under the Cybersecurity Executive Order.

The Framework focuses on using business drivers to guide cybersecurity activities and considering cybersecurity risks as part of the organization’s risk management processes. The Framework consists of three parts: 1) the Framework Core, 2) the Implementation Tiers, and 3) the Framework Profiles. The framework Core is a set of cybersecurity activities, outcomes, and informative references that are common across sectors and critical infrastructure. Elements of the Core provide detailed guidance for developing individual organizational Profiles. Through use of Profiles, the Framework will help an organization to align and prioritize its cybersecurity activities with its business/mission requirements, risk tolerances, and resources. The Tiers provide a mechanism for organizations to view and understand the characteristics of their approach to managing cybersecurity risk, which will help in prioritizing and achieving cybersecurity objectives. While the Framework was developed to improve cybersecurity risk management in critical infrastructure, the Framework can be used by organizations in any sector or community. The Framework enables organizations – regardless of size, degree of cybersecurity risk, or cybersecurity sophistication – to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improve security and resilience.

Many organizations utilize the NIST CSF as a way to evaluate and assess current cybersecurity capabilities for the five core cybersecurity functions – IDENTIFY, PROTECT, DETECT, RESPOND, RECOVER. The results of an assessment against the CSF provide actionable steps that your organization can take to improve your cybersecurity maturity and posture.The Framework provides a common organizing structure for multiple approaches to cybersecurity by assembling standards, guidelines, and practices that are working effectively today. The Framework offers a flexible way to address cybersecurity, including cybersecurity’s effect on physical, cyber, and people dimensions. It is applicable to organizations relying on technology, whether their cybersecurity focus is primarily on information technology (IT), industrial control systems (ICS), cyber-physical systems (CPS), or connected devices more generally, including the Internet of Things (IoT). The Framework can assist organizations in addressing cybersecurity as it affects the privacy of customers, employees, and other parties. Additionally, the Framework’s outcomes serve as targets for workforce development and evolution activities. An assessment against the NIST CSF will also provide actionable materials that can support the cybersecurity agenda at a board meeting or during budget considerations.

What we offer

RISCPoint’s team of security and compliance consultants can assist your organization from the onset of your FISMA lifecycle process, through obtaining your authorization, to maintaining and delivering your continuous monitoring requirements every year.

What is the RISCPoint difference?

  • We approach each assessment focusing on your specific industry, type of organization, and unique risks and security posture.
  • We employ a team of industry experts who have assisted a number of organizations use the NIST CSF to develop security roadmaps and board agendas.
  • Our wide partner network includes security software vendors, hosting providers, as well as security engineers – we will be your one-stop-shop for all your cybersecurity needs during and after the assessment.
  • We offer a wide range of security and compliance services and specialize in the development of enterprise-wise controls environments which will allow you to meet multiple standards and frameworks (FedRAMP, FISMA, CMMC, SOC 1, SOC2, HITRUST, HIPAA, ISO 27001, and others) and minimize the time spent on audit and compliance works so you can focus on your day-to-day operations.

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