NIST Cybersecurity Framework and Risk Assessment
The headlines are filled with stories of organizations (large and small) that have suffered cyberattacks. There’s a lot at stake, from exposing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to lost opportunities from systems downtime. The United States government made a strong statement on the importance of protecting critical IT infrastructure by releasing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
What is NIST?
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory agency whose mission is “to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing science, standards, and technology.”
NIST is responsible for the creation of a variety of standards and procedures, including the Cybersecurity Framework, designed to improve organizations’ effectiveness and security. NIST also was commissioned as an investigator of the World Trade Center collapses.
What is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework?
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is a set of recommendations (not requirements) designed to help organizations mitigate their cybersecurity risks. It is also intended to “foster risk and cybersecurity management communication communications amongst both internal and external organizational stakeholders.”
Using these guidelines, organizations of all sizes and maturity levels can take steps toward cybersecurity assurance. NIST acts as a roadmap and outlines best practices and principles, highlights gaps in your control environment, and benchmarks your organization against industry standards.
The NIST framework was not designed to be completed in a vacuum; rather, it should be used in concert with other cybersecurity initiatives: risk assessments, strategic planning, control documentation, and continuous systems monitoring.
The LogicManager Platform Provides:
LogicManager provides the NIST framework out of the box, so on day one organizations can map what they currently do – this is the first step in developing more secure IT operations.
As new threats are identified and tomorrow’s technologies emerge, having such a robust framework is extremely advantageous. You can use it to build a standardized IT risk management process, quickly implementing controls and neutralizing threats. Housing the framework in a risk analysis software also unlocks the ability to quickly track both changes and progress over time. LogicManager allows organizations to fully leverage the NIST cybersecurity framework, more effectively managing tomorrow’s surprises today.
Nonetheless, implementing the framework and bringing it to maturity can be resource-intensive. LogicManager also provides an out-of-the-box NIST risk assessment. Our NIST risk assessment tool is an approachable, actionable assessment that provides the building blocks for adherence to the NIST framework. The contents are presented as risk statements so managers can assess their exposure to certain risks. This creates a scalable baseline and a gap analysis that can be easily operationalized.
Specifically, LogicManager comes equipped with the following:
- NIST Cybersecurity Framework
- NIST 800-171: Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations
- NIST risk assessments
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