NIST Cybersecurity Framework

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) offers a risk-based approach to cybersecurity that integrates industry standards and best practices to help organizations manage security-related risks.

What is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework?

The CSF is a framework of voluntary guidance that helps organizations better understand cybersecurity risks such as threats and vulnerabilities, how such risks could affect their operations, and how to communicate relevant information among internal and external stakeholders.

Why do we need the NIST Cybersecurity Framework?

The CSF provides guidelines about how to reduce cybersecurity risks and recover from incidents. The Framework Core is grouped into five Functions: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover, which together can offer strategic insight into an organization’s lifecycle for cybersecurity risk management.

How your organization can apply the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Organizations can create Current Profiles by leveraging their existing business drivers and risk assessment processes. They can then create Target Profiles based on their desired cybersecurity outcomes. The gap between their desired Target Profiles and their Current Profiles becomes subject to analysis for purposes of creating action plans.

How SD Elements can help with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

SD Elements provides coverage of the CSF, which can help organizations improve the assessment and management of their cybersecurity risks. The tasks and amendments provided by SD Elements offer practical recommendations for implementing CSF guidelines into software products during the design, development, and testing phases of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
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