The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Framework for enhancing Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security, commonly referred to as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, provides Organizations with a structure for assessing and developing their ability to Prevent, Detect and Respond to cyber Risks. The Cybersecurity Framework aims to focus on Industry Verticals like national and economic security, including energy, banking, communications, and defense, and provides a universal structure that can be customized to varied methods of cybersecurity by compiling effective Standards, Guidelines, and Practices into one framework.
The Framework is voluntarily adoptable by Companies of all magnitudes across all industries, and it can assist organizations address privacy concerns related to Customers, Employees, Patients and other parties. It is particularly beneficial to the healthcare industry. Various healthcare entities, such as research institutions, have successfully implemented the standards set forth in the Cybersecurity Framework to help them comply with HIPAA.
NIST Framework uses business drivers to guide cybersecurity activities and considers cybersecurity as part of an organization’s risk management processes. Many Organizations are adopting this framework to help manage their Cyber Security Risks.
When we talk of an agile and intuitive methodology to comply with NIST Framework, the 3 important steps described below build a roadmap for any Organization’s cybersecurity risk management program, when treated as key reference points. Here are the 3 vital steps :
Organizations must build a comprehensive understanding of their environment to effectively handle Cyber Security Risk to Systems, Assets, Data and Capabilities. To comply with NIST, it is vital to have full visibility into your digital and physical assets and their interconnectedness, specified roles and responsibilities, clear visibility into existing Risks and exposure and put policies and procedures into place to manage those Risks. This is achievable through Centralization of Data, which is a robust feature offered by Compliance Automation tools like ConfidentG Governance as a Service® platform.
Organizations must implement robust measures to identify Cybersecurity Risks in real time. The adoption of Emerging Technologies like Artificial Intelligence driven Analytics, which enable Risk Reporting in real time becomes a game changing step in complying with NIST. Your organization must have 360 degree visibility into its networks to anticipate a cyber risk incident and should have all information readily available to mitigate the risk immediately. Continuous Reporting with Dashboards that can be pulled up anytime, anywhere and on any device are very effective ways to identify, detect and prevent cyber incidents.
In case of occurrence of a cyber incident occur, Organizations should have the ability to effectively respond. In order to do that, a well designed response plan should be built which has clearly established communication lines between the relevant parties, a sophisticated system to collect and analyze information about the event and ability to perform all necessary activities to mitigate the Risk.
Effectively complying with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework can help your organization become more focused on protecting its critical assets. To learn more about our ConfidentG Governance as a Service® platform and how it facilitates efficient Compliance, visit the link https://cglabs.us/cg_products.