NIST Cybersecurity Framework
Is it right for your business?
Is the Framework only for government agencies and contractors?
No. Although, originally designed specifically for companies that are part of the U.S. critical infrastructure, many other organizations in the private and public sectors (including federal agencies) are using and benefitting from the Framework.
What type of businesses does the Framework best suit?
The Framework suits businesses with mature or developing cybersecurity programs. The beauty of the Framework is its flexibility. The same general approach works for any organization and is easily aligned with existing regulatory requirements, so it can be used effectively by businesses that already have mature cybersecurity programs, or those just beginning to build a cybersecurity program.
Are you considering using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework for your business?
Benefits of the Framework include:
The Framework facilitates risk-based decision-making.
You can use the Framework as a strategic planning tool to assess risks and invest accordingly. By mapping the Framework to your current cybersecurity management approaches, standards, guidelines, and best practices, you can communicate cybersecurity to executives and decision-makers in risk-based terms.
The Framework makes cybersecurity a shared responsibility.
Assessing your current cybersecurity program against the Framework can help to communicate risk to, and establish accountability with, business stakeholders, partners, suppliers, and vendors, making cybersecurity a shared responsibility.
The Framework provides a strategic view of security.
The Framework Core consists of five concurrent and continuous functions: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover. Together, these functions provide a strategic view of an organization’s cybersecurity risk management life cycle, in a way that can be communicated easily from the operations level to the C Suite.
The Framework provides measurable outcomes.
The Framework Core presents a set of cybersecurity activities and applicable references, designed to measure your efforts in actual outcomes and allow you to make data-driven decisions about security operations.