NIST CSF

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework is more important than ever as the benchmark for cybersecurity in the United States, and the basis for many new standards and laws that are beginning to emerge today. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is an optional framework composed of standards, recommendations, and best practices for managing cybersecurity-related risk. 

The primary objective of the NIST Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Framework is "Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity." The focused, adaptable, and cost-effective strategy of the Cybersecurity Framework contributes to the safety and fortitude of critical infrastructure.

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Why Choose Accorian?

Our team have managed innumerable NIST CSF projects across various sectors and regions over the last five years. Our customer portfolio spans several industries, including SaaS, financial services, healthcare, and service providers. 

Through their preparedness and implementation services, our team has helped firms fulfil NIST criteria and guided them through the assessment or assurance process.

 

 

NIST CSF Overview

The NIST CSF is comprised of three elements. These CSF components may assist both government and non-government entities in enhancing the security of their vital infrastructure. It gives the foundational information necessary to comprehend the Framework's further online learning sites.

Who needs to comply to NIST CSF?

Entities like SaaS, Financial services, Educational & Research institutions, Healthcare, Consulting companies, and Service providers will have an elevated security posture if they comply with the requirements of NIST CSF

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Consulting Companies

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Financial Services

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Educational & Research Institutions

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Salient Features Of The NIST Cybersecurity Framework

It enables you to better comprehend, manage, and decrease cybersecurity threats, data loss, and restoration costs.
It allows you to identify your most essential tasks for delivering critical operations and service delivery.
It implies that you are a trusted organization that protects your critical assets.
It facilitates investment prioritization and maximizes the effect of every dollar spent on cybersecurity.
It covers contractual and regulatory requirements.
It contributes to the larger information security program.
Framework Core

A collection of cybersecurity actions, results, and instructive references shared by sectors of critical infrastructure. The Framework Core offers five fundamental capabilities

Framework Profile

It allows you to create a path for decreasing cybersecurity risk that is consistent with company objectives and legal or regulatory constraints.

Framework Profiles are the unique alignment of an organization's organizational goals and needs, resources, and risk tolerance with the expected results of the NIST CSF Core. By compartmentalizing a "Current Profile" and a "Target Profile," you will be able to identify chances to increase the cybersecurity protection of your organization.

Framework Implementation Tiers

Provides a means for businesses to compare their approach to cybersecurity risk management with the best practices outlined in the framework. In order to fulfil the diverse security needs of various companies, The NIST CSF implementation Consists of 4 tiers Which specify the extent to which their cyber risk management procedures display the NIST CSF criteria.

These  four implementations are detailed below:

Each layer of NIST CSF implementation is further subdivided into three principal components:

Risk Management Processes

Risk Management Program

External Participation

NIST explains expressly that they are not maturity levels. The greater the tier, the more closely a company's risk management processes align with the NIST CSF requirements.

NIST CSF Implementation - Methodology

Accorian Deliverables

Accorian will provide a comprehensive study of how the information security program of a firm compares to the NIST Cyber Security Framework. These include:

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Report Executive Summary

A summary report on the scope, method, and approach.

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Detailed Assessment Report

Summarizing the findings/observations. Assigning levels of maturity to the duties (Identify, protect, detect, respond, recover). Determining the maturity level of the organization as a whole.

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Plan for Corrective Action

A roadmap that facilitates prompt corrective measures, including short-term suggestions, to enhance the efficacy of each deficiency, discovery, or observation.

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Detailed Work Documents

Detailed work documents for each step, encompassing supporting documents for the work completed and conclusion drawn, and any reports or paperwork produced throughout the evaluation.

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The Accorian Advantage

Accorian’s cybersecurity and compliance teams bring a wealth of experience to help navigate organizations through their information security journey. Our hands-on, white-glove approach combined with a goal-oriented, proven methodology brings both fiscal value and expertise to each of our clients. The facts speak for themselves.

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