Our Approach to NIST Cybersecurity Framework Compliance:

  • Assessment and Gap Analysis

    Our experts will conduct a thorough assessment of your existing cybersecurity measures, identifying gaps and vulnerabilities that need to be addressed to achieve NIST compliance. We analyze your current policies, procedures, technologies, and workforce capabilities to establish a comprehensive baseline.

  • Customized Roadmap

    Based on the assessment results, we develop a customized roadmap that outlines the necessary steps to achieve NIST Cybersecurity Framework compliance. This roadmap takes into account your organization's unique requirements, resources, and risk tolerance, ensuring a practical and achievable approach.

  • Policy and Procedure Development

    We assist you in creating robust policies and procedures that align with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Our team ensures that your documentation reflects the best practices outlined by NIST, covering areas such as risk assessment, incident response, access control, and employee awareness training.

  • Technical Implementation

    Empowered IT Solutions helps you implement the technical controls and safeguards necessary to support NIST compliance. From network segmentation and encryption to intrusion detection systems and security monitoring tools, we deploy the right technologies to protect your digital assets effectively.

  • Ongoing Monitoring and Support

    Achieving NIST Cybersecurity Framework compliance is not a one-time effort; it requires continuous monitoring and proactive management. Empowered IT Solutions offers ongoing support, monitoring, and maintenance services to ensure your cybersecurity measures remain effective and up-to-date in the face of evolving threats.

 

Don’t let cyber threats compromise your business’s success. With Empowered IT Solutions as your trusted partner, achieving NIST Cybersecurity Framework compliance becomes a streamlined and efficient process. Our comprehensive approach, tailored solutions, and deep expertise empower your organization to enhance its cybersecurity posture, safeguard sensitive data, and protect your reputation.

 

Contact Empowered IT Solutions today, and let our experienced team guide you towards NIST Cybersecurity Framework compliance. Together, we’ll build a secure future for your organization in today’s ever-evolving digital landscape.

// Understanding NIST //

The NIST Cyber Security Framework (CSF)

The NIST Cyber Security Framework is designed for individual businesses and other organizations to use to assess the risks they face.

An organization typically starts by using the framework to develop a “current profile” which describes its cybersecurity activities and what outcomes it is achieving. It can then develop a “target profile” or adopt a baseline profile tailored to its sector or type of organization. It can then define steps to switch from its current profile to its target profile.

 

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework organizes its “core” material into five “functions,” which are subdivided into a total of 23 “categories.” For each category, it defines a number of subcategories of cybersecurity outcomes and security controls, with 108 subcategories in all.

 

Here are the functions and categories, along with their unique identifiers and definitions:

This function involves understanding and managing cybersecurity risks by identifying assets, systems, data, and capabilities within the organization. It includes conducting a thorough assessment of potential vulnerabilities, determining the impact of cybersecurity events on business operations, and establishing an organization’s risk management strategy.

 

  • Asset Management (ID.AM): The data, personnel, devices, systems, and facilities that enable the organization to achieve business purposes are identified and managed consistent with their relative importance to business objectives and the organization’s risk strategy.
  • Business Environment (ID.BE): The organization’s mission, objectives, stakeholders, and activities are understood and prioritized; this information is used to inform cybersecurity roles, responsibilities, and risk management decisions.
  • Governance (ID.GV): The policies, procedures, and processes to manage and monitor the organization’s regulatory, legal, risk, environmental, and operational requirements are understood and inform the management of cybersecurity risk.
  • Risk Assessment (ID.RA): The organization understands the cybersecurity risk to organizational operations (including mission, functions, image, or reputation), organizational assets, and individuals.
  • Risk Management Strategy (ID.RM): The organization’s priorities, constraints, risk tolerances, and assumptions are established and used to support operational risk decisions.
  • Supply Chain Risk Management (ID.SC): The organization’s priorities, constraints, risk tolerances, and assumptions are established and used to support risk decisions associated with managing supply chain risk. The organization has in place the processes to identify, assess and manage supply chain risks.

The protect function focuses on implementing safeguards to ensure the security and resilience of critical assets and systems. It involves developing and implementing appropriate security measures to mitigate identified risks. This includes activities such as access control, awareness training, data encryption, secure configuration management, and vulnerability management.

 

  • Access Control (PR.AC): Access to assets and associated facilities is limited to authorized users, processes, or devices, and to authorized activities and transactions.
  • Awareness and Training (PR.AT): The organization’s personnel and partners are provided cybersecurity awareness education and are adequately trained to perform their information security-related duties and responsibilities consistent with related policies, procedures, and agreements.
  • Data Security (PR.DS): Information and records (data) are managed consistent with the organization’s risk strategy to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.
  • Information Protection Processes and Procedures (PR.IP): Security policies (that address purpose, scope, roles, responsibilities, management commitment, and coordination among organizational entities), processes, and procedures are maintained and used to manage protection of information systems and assets.
  • Maintenance (PR.MA): Maintenance and repairs of industrial control and information system components is performed consistent with policies and procedures.
  • Protective Technology (PR.PT): Technical security solutions are managed to ensure the security and resilience of systems and assets, consistent with related policies, procedures, and agreements.

The detect function aims to identify the occurrence of cybersecurity events promptly. It involves implementing measures that enable timely detection of potential security breaches, anomalies, or unauthorized activities. This function includes activities such as continuous monitoring, incident detection and response, security event logging, and security information and event management (SIEM).

 

    • Anomalies and Events (DE.AE): Anomalous activity is detected in a timely manner and the potential impact of events is understood.
    • Security Continuous Monitoring (DE.CM): The information system and assets are monitored at discrete intervals to identify cybersecurity events and verify the effectiveness of protective measures.
    • Detection Processes (DE.DP): Detection processes and procedures are maintained and tested to ensure timely and adequate awareness of anomalous events.

The respond function involves taking action to respond to detected cybersecurity incidents effectively. This includes developing and implementing an incident response plan, establishing communication protocols, and defining roles and responsibilities. The respond function also includes activities such as incident containment, eradication, recovery, and post-incident analysis.

 

  • Response Planning (RS.RP): Response processes and procedures are executed and maintained, to ensure timely response to detected cybersecurity events.
  • Communications (RS.CO): Response activities are coordinated with internal and external stakeholders, as appropriate, to include external support from law enforcement agencies.
  • Analysis (RS.AN): Analysis is conducted to ensure adequate response and support recovery activities.
  • Mitigation (RS.MI): Activities are performed to prevent expansion of an event, mitigate its effects, and eradicate the incident.
  • Improvements (RS.IM): Organizational response activities are improved by incorporating lessons learned from current and previous detection/response activities.

The recover function focuses on restoring capabilities or services that were affected by a cybersecurity incident. It involves developing and implementing plans and processes to ensure the timely restoration of operations. This function includes activities such as data backup and recovery, system and network restoration, and business continuity planning.

 

  • Recovery Planning (RC.RP): Recovery processes and procedures are executed and maintained to ensure timely restoration of systems or assets affected by cybersecurity events.
  • Improvements (RC.IM): Recovery planning and processes are improved by incorporating lessons learned into future activities.
  • Communications (RC.CO): Restoration activities are coordinated with internal and external parties, such as coordinating centers, Internet Service Providers, owners of attacking systems, victims, other CSIRTs, and vendors.