The NIST Cybersecurity Framework was developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology under a United States presidential executive order to improve the cybersecurity posture of critical infrastructure organizations, with the intent of preventing data breaches and mitigate potential risks to systems. Originally dubbed the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, the NIST CSF is composed of three main elements: implementation tiers, profiles, and the framework core. The NIST CSF is by-and-large one of the most comprehensive frameworks available for organizations of any size or industry.
NIST defines the framework core on its official website as a set of cybersecurity measures, desired outcomes, and applicable references that are common across critical infrastructure sectors. The five functions - identify, detect, protect, respond, and recover - serve as function categories by which both public and private sector organizations can classify their security efforts.
Profiles in the CSF is the method by which organizations gain an understanding of their current cybersecurity posture and determine the controls they must develop and implement to achieve the desired posture and profile. The Framework Profile (“Profile”) is the alignment of the Functions, Categories, and Subcategories with the business requirements and risk tolerance, as well as the capabilities or services of the organization and their information technology department.
The NIST CSF implementation tiers are designed to provide context for stakeholders to illustrate the degree to which a given cybersecurity program has adopted or implemented the NIST CSF. Each implementation tier is broken down into three main components: Cybersecurity Risk Management Processes, Risk Management Program, and External Participation. Risk management processes point to the processes and ways that the organization approaches cybersecurity risk and data security standards.
In this NIST Cybersecurity Framework Overview, you’ll get a comprehensive and actionable view of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework standards and guidelines, as well as how to implement the appropriate activities to achieve this gold-standard. Using the NIST Security Framework guide, you will be able to inform your risk management strategy, determine who should have access control, and build or enhance your information security program in a cost effective way.
With the CyberSaint NIST Cybersecurity Framework Guide, you’ll learn…
- What is the NIST Framework
- How to use the NIST CSF to manage cybersecurity risk and enhance your risk and compliance program
- Methods and tips to implement the NIST CSF at your organization
- The importance of response planning in the face of cybersecurity events and the lessons learned