NIST Cybersecurity Framework Tool

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What is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a physical sciences laboratory and a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce. Their mission is to foster industrial competitiveness and spark innovation. NIST carries out this mission through various frameworks.

One of the most notable NIST frameworks is the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, commonly referred to as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF). NIST CSF provides private organizations with a best practice structure for preventing, detecting and responding to cybersecurity risks.

There are 3 parts of the Framework, which are as follows:

  1. The Framework Core, which consists of a set of cybersecurity activities, desired outcomes and applicable references that are common across critical infrastructure sectors consisting of 5 functions: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover.
  2. Implementation Tiers that describe the degree to which an organization’s cybersecurity risk management practices exhibit the characteristics defined in the Framework.
  3. A Framework Profile that represents a business’ core functions and needs and can be used to measure progress towards objectives.

So why should you consider aligning your security efforts with NIST CSF? Consider the fact that customers today expect their sensitive information to be protected from theft, disclosure or misuse at all costs. Protecting that information shows customers that you value their business. Implementing a credible cybersecurity program can be a key differentiator for your company by helping you gain and retain not only customers, but employees and other stakeholders. Additionally, while it’s impossible for any business to become and stay completely secure, it’s a best risk management practice to implement programs to mitigate cybersecurity risks so that you can maximize your organization’s success.

NIST Cybersecurity Risks

Cybersecurity threats directly impact your company’s bottom line. Not only can these threats drive up costs and impact revenue, but working to manage them hinders your organization’s ability to innovate and focus on strategic initiatives. Warding off threats can require hours of tactical, manual labor every day.

Cybersecurity-related incidents are one of the most common root causes of corporate scandals. Corporate scandals have proven negative effects on reputation, which can ultimately lead to difficulty gaining and maintaining customers. They also are shown to negatively impact employee morale, leading to decreased productivity, higher turnover rates and interrupted business processes.

It’s one thing to become NIST CSF compliant. However, maintaining that status year over year is critical – and often challenging. Technology and best practice standards today change frequently, meaning your mitigations weaken over time. If your organization is unable to report on the results of your mitigation efforts consistently over time, you won’t be able to flag issues as needed and risks will have a higher likelihood of materializing.

Achieve NIST CSF Compliance with LogicManager

Mitigate cybersecurity threats

With LogicManager as your mission-critical NIST CSF partner, you’ll be able to mitigate cybersecurity threats by following established industry standards and best practices. The process for managing cybersecurity should follow a prioritized, flexible, repeatable, performance-based and cost-effective approach.

Maintain a documented list of controls

For organizations starting from the ground up with cybersecurity, using an industry standard like the NIST CSF is the perfect way to document mitigations that already exist while also triggering remediation for those that do not. Your organization may already have controls that align with NIST requirements, they just aren’t documented yet. By conducting an assessment for NIST CSF compliance, you can link your organization’s existing controls to the NIST requirements that they satisfy, create new controls that simply were not documented and call attention to gaps in alignment. You can also identify specific mitigations that align with prescribed controls from NIST.

Create and manage your control repository with purpose

When examiners look at your documented controls, they want to know the “why” behind each one. The best way to demonstrate your methodology is by demonstrating your controls’ connections to your strategic goals. By conducting a NIST Cybersecurity gap assessment, the controls you document will have a direct relationship to prescribed industry best practices.

Align with other industry standards

NIST has various standards that your NIST CSF should map to. Some of their other IT Security frameworks include:

  • CIS Critical Security Controls v7.1

  • COBIT 5

  • ISA

  • ISO

  • NIST 800-53

By conducting your initial NIST CSF gap assessment, you’re well on your way to comply with these other NIST standards.

Ensure that you stay in alignment with NIST standards

LogicManager’s NIST CSF content package ensures that mitigation efforts stay up to date by automatically having control owners conduct tests to ensure effectiveness. You can also report on these results over time to identify trends in effectiveness.

LogicManager’s NIST Cybersecurity Framework Tool

Here’s what you can expect with LogicManager’s NIST Cybersecurity Framework content package:

We offer out of the box NIST CSF requirements. Not only will you be able to see the individual controls prescribed by NIST, but you can conduct a survey assessment to determine which you do and do not align with.

Easily access standard mitigations for NIST controls. While NIST provides recommended controls, we understand that every organization has different existing efforts. Within this content package, you’ll be able to determine which specific processes, procedures and policies you’re already implementing align with NIST controls to prevent duplicative efforts.

Pre-built monitoring activities. Our canned tests and metrics can be used to ensure control effectiveness over time. Ensure that subject matter experts are receiving automated notifications to test control effectiveness on a recurring basis.

Automated reporting enables you to examine gaps and trends over time. You’ll be able to identify gaps in your NIST readiness assessment, while also keeping track of the status of outstanding remediation issues. These reports will also align you with NIST requirements over long periods of time.

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