NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF)

The Challenge

Strengthening your Cybersecurity Posture with a NIST 800-37 Assessment

Transitioning from the traditional Certification and Accreditation (C&A) process for federal information systems to the Risk Management Framework (RMF) is a steep learning curve that can exhaust your existing team’s bandwidth. Obstacles your team may face include:

  • Managing security risks across highly diverse environments with sophisticated cyber threats, ever-increasing system vulnerabilities, and rapidly changing missions.
  • Prioritization. Resources are finite and your business must determine which activities are most important to critical operations.
  • Communication of requirements to stakeholders already saturated with compliance mandates and unfamiliar with RMF.
  • Adapting the RMF to your businesses cybersecurity maturity level.
  • De-conflicting internal policy with legislation, regulation, and industry best practice.

The Solution

NIST 800-37 is a special publication that aims to transform the traditional Certification and Accreditation (C&A) process for federal information systems into a six-step Risk Management Framework (RMF).

In evolving from the static, procedural C&A process to a dynamic, risk-focused RMF approach, this revised process offers a measurably better alternative to the more traditional, product-based marketing that dominates the industry today. 

It gives organizations the capability to effectively manage security risks in highly diverse environments with sophisticated cyber threats, ever-increasing system vulnerabilities, and rapidly changing missions.

Business Benefit

Everyone wants the benefits of a dynamic, risk-focused RMF implementation but the roadmap to getting there is difficult to define. CyberSheath’s NIST 800-37 assessment can help.

Benefits of a CyberSheath NIST 800-37 assessment include:

  • Prioritization of projects, resources, and investments. Allows you to determine which activities are most important to your critical operations and service delivery.  Using this information to establish the RMF tasks you can direct your resources in a way that enables you to allocate cybersecurity investment where it is most needed and maximize the impact of every dollar spent.
  • Improved communication, awareness and planning.
    Your assessment is delivered in a common language, empowering IT and security leaders to communicate with key stakeholders clearly and efficiently.
  • Adaptable to your business cybersecurity maturity level.
    Carried out in any stage, from system development and implementation to operations and maintenance. Since the RMF is life-cycle-based, you can also revisit certain RMF tasks over time, depending on how information systems change is managed and the environments in which those systems operate.
  • De-conflicting of internal policy with legislation, regulation, and industry best practice. Improves co-operation, awareness, and understanding across the board, leading to a strong cybersecurity posture for your organization.