What is NIST?

NIST and its NIST Cyber Security Framework is guidance provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It is designed to help businesses and agencies manage cybersecurity risk effectively by implementing the appropriate safeguards.

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How is NIST Cybersecurity Framework used?

NIST Cyber Security Framework is used by businesses and their security operations centre (SOCs) to manage an organization’s risk strategy, specifically with regard to physical and software assets. It is essential that an organization identifying asset vulnerabilities takes proactive steps to manage everything from data security protection and detection processes, to cybersecurity incident response and risk management. Equally, identifying asset vulnerabilities in itself is an important part of NIST Cybersecurity Framework and should part of an overall risk management strategy.

What are the five elements of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework?

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The NIST framework is broken down in to the sections Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover. Improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity requires all five elements in order for the NIST framework to be considered implemented and for cybersecurity risk to be considered effectively mitigated.

How do ConnectDS implement NIST Cybersecurity Framework for businesses?

ConnectDS specialise in working with SMEs to implement information protection processes and safeguards. We do this to mitigate the impact of a potential cybersecurity incident and install protective measures (including the habitualizing of appropriate activities and response planning processes) in line with legal and regulatory requirements.

Our SOC is highly-trained and vetted to ensure that security standards and technology are configured correctly and deployed safely.

Our team is on-hand during the process to consult with internal and external stakeholders and support risk decisions that involve critical infrastructure services.

Frequently Asked Questions about NIST Cybersecurity Framework:

Please see below for some common questions about NIST Cyber Security Franework. If you would prefer to speak to someone then give us a call and speak to one of our team in our Surrey or London offices to understand your requirements and learn how our security experts support other businesses in the United Kingdom.

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The five elements of NIST cyber security framework are Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover.

The NIST cybersecurity framework is designed to protect company assets from cyber threats and attacks.

NIST cybersecurity framework is flexible and this allows for it to be implemented in a way best-suited to the organisation to which it is applied.

NIST is more focussed on technical elements whereas ISO27001 more broadly applies to risk for organisations of all shapes and sizes.

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