NIST Cyber Security Framework (CSF) Compliance

What is NIST CSF compliance?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology created its Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) to help organizations understand and manage their cybersecurity risks. Its guidelines help establish sound cybersecurity practices and create a common language for communicating cybersecurity issues.

You can use the CSF for creating and assessing your own IT security programs. Regulatory standards like HIPAA and CMMC incorporate the CSF, so adhering to its guidelines will put you much of the way towards achieving compliance.

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Who needs the NIST CSF?

The NIST CSF can apply to organizations of any size in any industry. Small and medium sized businesses can benefit the most, since they typically lack skilled people to conduct IT security self-assessments and risk management in-house.

The CSF guidelines let you choose the security objectives that are most relevant to your industry and compliance obligations, and focus on those. The CSF also recommends a gap assessment process that identifies weaknesses in your infrastructure and helps ensure essential capabilities are in place.

As a result, organizations that adopt its guidelines will be better positioned to meet official cybersecurity and privacy requirements. Any business that operates in a regulated industry should investigate how the CSF guidelines can apply to their technology and practices.

The 5 functions of NIST CSF

Identify

Develop an understanding of your cybersecurity environment including risks to systems, assets, data, and capabilities.

Protect

Establish measures to prevent and contain any cyber attack, including data-protection technologies, access controls, and training.

Detect

Maintain a detection system that constantly monitors and quickly identifies any cybersecurity event.

Respond

Follow your response planning to launch countermeasures, communicate with colleagues, analyze the impact, and mitigate the damage.

Recover

Systematically restore affected processes and services, then communicate with stakeholders and review and improve your security capabilities.

Apply the NIST CSF to your
organization with our 3-Step process:

Step 1

Gap Assessment

Before your business attempts to implement the NIST CSF guidelines, you should identify any issues that could impede the process.

This important step is called a gap assessment, and is designed to identify security weaknesses in your IT infrastructure and how to fill them.

We will assess the security gaps in your IT and create a plan to remediate them so you can be on your way to meeting the NIST CSF guidelines.

Step 2

Enlist our NIST CSF services

Backup and Disaster Recovery

Backup and Disaster Recovery

Critical to your document management and storage requirements

Detection and Response

Detection and Response

Mitigates intrusions and malicious activity

Endpoint Encryption

Endpoint Encryption

Prevents classified information from being stolen or decrypted

External Vulnerability Scanning

External Vulnerability Scanning

Notifications of any potential threats to your network

Security Awareness Training

Security Awareness Training

Educate employees on best practices for safeguarding classified information

SIEM

SIEM

Fulfills your breach notification requirements
Step 3

Implement the framework

Conforming your IT infrastructure and employee behavior to the CSF can be a challenge. We will guide you through this complex process and implement solutions for both your technology and your people. Your organization will be safer, operate more smoothly, and have everything it needs to prove its security posture and effectiveness of controls.

What results to expect

Once we start working with clients to adopt the NIST CSF, we see them enjoy…

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