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Manage and reduce cybersecurity risk with NIST cybersecurity framework

NIST security framework helps secure and protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

By providing a clear structure for what actions are needed for your organization, security frameworks help businesses prioritize the controls needed to protect customer information with federally mandated requirements. Security frameworks also help secure and protect critical infrastructure organizations from cyberattacks


What is a security framework?

A security framework defines policies and procedures for establishing and maintaining security controls. Frameworks clarify processes used to protect an organization from security risks. They help information security and IT security professionals keep their organizations compliant and insulated from threats against their information resources and systems. It can help save time by providing a clear structure for acting.

With a framework, it is easier to map where the security journey will begin and help to identify gaps so it will be more precise, actionable conversations with stakeholders at the organization.

NIST cybersecurity framework

There are several different security frameworks that organizations can use to manage and reduce security risks. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has compiled a set of guidelines under the name NIST Cybersecurity Framework to help organizations better understand how to take action against cyber threats. The framework includes five functions that are of high importance in managing cybersecurity risks:

  • Identify
  • Protect
  • Detect
  • Respond
  • Recovery

Within every function, there are several categories (tasks or challenges) the organization must carry out to identify risks, protect systems, detect breaches etc.


Save time with a clear structure for acting

The NIST CSF framework provides a common language and a systematic approach to managing cybersecurity risk. The framework is designed to complement, not replace, an organization’s cybersecurity program and risk management processes. Learn about the differences, and similarities, between the NIST CSF framework and CIS controls and how these frameworks can be used to implement a secure cybersecurity architecture.