NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY CYBERSECURITY FRAMEWORK
The NIST CSF Framework is built by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The framework integrates industry standards and best practices to help a broad range of organizations manage and reduce their cybersecurity risks. NIST CSF also helps businesses respond to and recover from cybersecurity incidents, enabling them to analyze the root causes of any problems and consider ways improvements can be made.
WHO MUST COMPLY?
The NIST CSF Framework is voluntary. It gives your business an outline of best practices to help you decide where to focus your time and money for cybersecurity protectio
We will guide you through the 5 core areas of NIST to ensure you are compliant:
First, the areas of your environment that need protection must be identified, including equipment, devices, systems, data, and people. We do a robust inventory of all your assets—from IT workstations and servers to supply chain and vendor screening. This enables us to create a baseline for what normal conduct looks like on the asset and on the networks where they reside. The key components we identify are asset management, the business environment, governance, risk assessment, risk management strategy, and supply chain risk management.
Once we identify and classify your assets, we’ll show you how you can safeguard them from internal and external cyber threats. Protection includes the following areas:
Identity management, authentication, and access control
Staff awareness and training
Organizational resources protection
Next, detecting any red flags in your cyber environment is critical. Key factors of “detect” include the following:
Ensuring anomalies and events are discovered in a timely manner and that you understand their potential impact
Implementing and maintaining security-continuous-observation capabilities to monitor cybersecurity events and ensure protective measures are in place and working
To contain a cybersecurity incident, response must be swift and efficient. This will ensure downtime is minimized and productivity is not delayed. We’ll help you develop a response strategy so that you know what steps to take in the event of an attack. The core elements of “respond” include the following:
Ensuring a response planning process is executed during and after an incident
Managing communications during and after an event with internal and external stakeholders, along with law enforcement
Conducting analysis to ensure effective response and support recovery activities, including forensic analysis
Performing mitigation procedures to prevent expansion of an event and to bring resolution
Implementing system improvements based on lessons learned.
Finally, this function restores any capabilities or services impaired by a cybersecurity incident and puts in place a maintenance plan to future-proof the system. A recovery strategy includes the following:
Implementing recovery planning processes and procedures to restore systems and/or assets to normalcy, including creating backups and establishing new systems
Implementing improvements based on lessons learned
Coordinating internal and external communications to repair any reputational damage and re-establish good will
Developing and implementing appropriate activities to maintain plans for resilience
Here’s how we help you prepare for a NIST CSF report:
We review your business strategy and objectives.
We answer all your questions and help you understand the cybersecurity practices for NIST CSF and all the bureaucratic fine print in your contract.
We’ll do a gap analysis to identify gaps in controls and procedures relevant to the protection of controlled unclassified information (CUI).
We formulate a roadmap that charts the initiatives and timeline necessary to mature your processes and procedures. This POAM (Plan of Action and Milestones) will get you in compliance and prepare you for an impromptu audit.
We can help!
Right Hand Technology Group is CompTIA Security Trustmark+™ certified and has been ranked as one of the top Managed Service Providers in the world. Our experienced staff of Cybersecurity Professionals and Security Engineers have been working with various industries on cybersecurity for more than 20 years.