CSF was developed by owners and operators of the nation’s critical infrastructure in conjunction with leadership from the NIST in response to Executive Order 13636. Frameworks like the NIST CSF enable organizations to apply the best principles and practices of risk management to improve cybersecurity.
The NIST CSF is one of the most comprehensive and stable cybersecurity frameworks available today. It uses a common language to address and manage cybersecurity risks in a cost-effective manner. However, most businesses using it don’t do so to its fullest.
ISI assists companies in automating and simplifying the NIST framework to conform to NIST best practices. Most businesses don’t fully realize what the NIST CSF can accomplish. ISI helps government relations firms take this platform to its highest potential.
NIST develops Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) that meet the requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and federal agencies must comply. Compliance includes:
- Categorizing information and data that requires protection
- Developing a baseline for controls to protect that information
- Documenting baseline controls in a written security plan
- Adding security controls to all information systems
- Monitoring the efficiency of security controls
- Continually monitoring security protocols and procedures
In addition to improved cybersecurity, the NIST CSF delivers ancillary benefits. These extra benefits include effective collaboration on security matters with executives within the organization, improvements in legal exposure, and assistance with regulatory compliance.
The guiding principle of the framework is to improve security through collaboration. As a matter of fact, 82 percent of companies with NIST CSF collaborate through participation in Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs).
ISI provides continuous, automated monitoring to help government agencies identify their cyber assets, identify risk thresholds and determine optimal monitoring frequency. Most businesses need assistance in complying with NIST SP 800-53, NIST SP 800-37 and NIST 800-137.
In 2015, the Draft Special Publication 800-171 was issued to help companies in non-federal environments protect sensitive, unclassified federal information. ISI assists private sector government relations firms ramp up cybersecurity as they prepare for interaction with government entities.
While NIST CSF is targeted to companies that own or operate critical infrastructure, it’s advantageous for a broad range of firms, including government and public affairs firms. Additionally, the framework evolves and syncs with changes in technology, processes and cybersecurity threats. It is a framework that is worth the efforts of voluntary compliance.
ISI specializes in aiding government relations firms, trade associations and federal contractors/subcontractors maintain both NIST and FISMA compliance. ISI also helps companies leverage the NIST CSF to its full potential to achieve cybersecurity peace of mind. In addition, ISI also offers a wide array of valuable security features, including My Digital Shield, a dedicated SMB security tool, fully managed firewalls, managed Wi-Fi services, CipherPost Pro email encryption, vulnerability scans and strategic IT planning.
ISI assists businesses in protecting their most valuable assets while maintaining compliance. They provide undeniable technological expertise to ensure that your IT systems are safe, operational and hassle-free. ISI combines their expertise with concierge-level service.
From managed IT services, strategic consulting to cloud services and IT security, ISI is your comprehensive source for IT services with the government relations sector.
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