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Implement 4 Essentials — NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Published: 30 December 2019

ID: G00464751

Analyst(s): Katell Thielemann, Brent Predovich, Khushbu Pratap


The Cybersecurity Framework requires organizations to assess and treat risk without a compliance checklist. To handle the risk prioritization that dominates cybersecurity board conversations related to CSF, security and risk management leaders must implement these four essentials.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Prioritize Organization Profile: Learn More About Your Organization’s Industry and Business Model Before Diving Into Risks and Controls
    • Profiles Set the Groundwork for Risk Prioritization
    • Risk-Based Implementation — What Does It Mean?
  • Articulate Communication: Engage With Stakeholders to Link Risks to Business Impacts
  • Design a Three-Phased Roadmap: Develop a Structure for How the Organization Will Achieve Its Cybersecurity Goals
  • Plan for Improvement, Not Perfection: Prioritize Improvement Within the Context of a Continuous and Repeatable Process
    • Putting the NIST CSF Into Context With the NIST Risk Management Framework for U.S. Federal Agencies

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