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Best Practices in Implementing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Published: 21 January 2016

ID: G00296149

Analyst(s): Paul Proctor , Katell Thielemann , Earl Perkins , Khushbu Pratap

Summary

The Cybersecurity Framework is a U.S. federal risk-based framework that requires organizations to assess and treat risk without the guidance of a compliance checklist. This framework can serve as a foundation for organizations for future cybersecurity regulations.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Understand the Relationship Between the CSF and the RMF, and Use a Risk-Based Approach to Achieve Appropriate Levels of Security
    • The Risk Management Framework
    • The Cybersecurity Framework
    • Document Current and Target State for Cybersecurity Posture, Then Regularly Assess Progress Toward the Target State
    • Identify and Prioritize Opportunities for Improvement Within the Context of a Continuous and Repeatable Process
    • Communicate Among Internal and External Stakeholders About Cybersecurity Risk
    • Address Challenges to CSF Implementation
  • 2015 Review of the CSF by the U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Getting Started With CSF Implementation

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