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Secure Your Business by Leveraging the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Posted by Paul Breitenbach on January 13, 2019
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The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is a policy that is designed to help businesses improve their ability to identify, protect and respond to any cyber attacks in the workplace.

Understanding how to best utilize the NIST Cybersecurity Framework can benefit your organization in many ways, from showing you how to prevent cybersecurity threats in the most efficient way possible, to saving your business from experiencing data loss, significant downtime and more.

 

Here are some of the core ways the NIST Cybersecurity Framework helps address your company’s IT security needs:

#1 Customized to Your Business

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is highly customizable to meet the unique needs of your business. Through it, you can train your employees to be well-equipped to handle any cybersecurity incident, get guidelines for existing cybersecurity strategies, and develop a risk management strategy for any incident your business may face, all to gain the ultimate protection from cyber threats in the workplace.

#2 Identify Any Potential Vulnerabilities

Another benefit of leveraging the NIST Cybersecurity Framework is that it helps your business identify any potential areas of weakness in your organization. This proactive approach can help prevent the vast majority of cybersecurity incidents. NIST is a valuable resource in today's work environment! By understanding your company’s areas of weakness, you can develop a plan to improve your business cybersecurity framework and avoid becoming the next victim of a cyber attack.

#3 Common Ground for Cybersecurity Risk Management

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework allows you to find common ground for cybersecurity risk management. Taking the extra time to review cybersecurity policies ensures that your business always stays at least one step ahead of cyber criminals, while teaching your employees how to avoid common mistakes that can lead to data breaches and other issues with IT security.

#4 Understand Core Functions & Framework

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework has five different tiers: identify, protect, detect, respond and recover. Here’s how they can create a full-scale cybersecurity plan for your business:

  • Identify: Every business needs to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities to kickstart a detailed cybersecurity plan.
  • Protect: Internal/external IT security professionals and IT tools fully protect the business from pre-determined cyber threats.
  • Detect: Use real-time analysis to prevent cybersecurity incidents and investigate potential data breaches.
  • Respond: When a security breach does happen, your business will have the proper tools and policies in place to know how to respond.
  • Recover: Recover from a cyber attack, while looking at ways to improve and learn from any mistakes.

Following the NIST Cybersecurity Framework is an important step in developing a robust cybersecurity plan. All five stages can help protect your business from any threats and play an essential role in avoiding significant downtime or the loss of critical company data. As one of the leading Managed Service Providers for small businesses, CompassMSP understands the importance of following the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Of course, a cyber attack can happen at any time, but partnering with a Managed Service Provider and establishing that framework can minimize the impact of an attack, making it well worth the investment.

Interested in learning how CompassMSP can help your business establish a full-scale cybersecurity plan? Please reach out to us to schedule your FREE consultation.

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