The NIST Cybersecurity framework is a voluntary framework consisting of standards, guidelines, and best practices to manage cybersecurity-related risk.

The NIST Cybersecurity framework is a voluntary framework consisting of standards, guidelines, and best practices to manage cybersecurity-related risk.

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) was created via a collaboration between the United States government and industry as a voluntary framework to promote the protection of critical infrastructure, and is based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices.

NIST CSF was primarily created to help US federal agencies and organisations better manage their risk. NIST CSF is a set of just over 100 requirements that cover a broad range of practice areas.

Compliance with NIST CSF can ease the way to compliance with other security frameworks including the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and IT general controls for Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).NIST CSF is a sub-set of NIST 800-53 which are security rules that cover 18 areas, including access control, incident response, business continuity and disaster recovery.

Implementing the security controls needed to comply with NIST 800-53 brings entities and their technology products or services in line with the U.S Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) and with the U.S Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 200 (FIPS 200).NIST is the abbreviated name for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It’s one of many federal agencies under the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is one of the oldest physical science laboratories in the United States.

Break down of requirements

Approximately 120 requirements.

Best suited for

NIST CSF controls should be considered by companies who wish to employ a broad information security control framework which could be later uplifted to meet more prescriptive U.S security standards and for organisations planning to bid for U.S. defence contracts.

Can a business be certified or assessed against this standard?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) does not provide certification for Information Technology (IT) systems, products, or modules

Who can assess or audit a business against this standard?

Not applicable

Governed by

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Region focus

U.S. Government

How Assuredly can help you align to this standard or framework?

By conducting an Assuredly NIST CSF Assessment companies can instantly access maturity scores against every requirement set out by this standard and get automated suggested action plans and access to abroad range of tools and templates to uplift controls required to achieve their certification.

Assuredly could be your ultimate partner in safeguarding your business against cyber threats! Our platform offers a seamless and guided assessment process tailored to your specific needs. By utilising our expert guidance, you gain access to valuable information that demystifies the NIST Cybersecurity Framework requirements. Easily understand control requirements, learn how to effectively test them, and be equipped with the exact evidence auditors look for. The results are displayed instantly on our intuitive dashboard, empowering you with real-time insights. Additionally, you can effortlessly generate comprehensive reports that align findings with risks and controls, ensuring you stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of cybersecurity. Join Assuredly now and embark on your journey to fortified digital security!

Book a free demonstration or talk to one of our team today to uncover how we can help ensure you align to standards while also understanding your risks and knowing what action to take to keep your business secure.