NIST Assessments as Part of an Integrated Compliance Initiative
NIST CSF Risk Assessments
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- A NIST risk assessment allows you to evaluate relevant threats to your organization, including both internal and external vulnerabilities. It also allows you to assess the potential impact an attack could have on your organization, as well as the likelihood of an event taking place. Trifecta can take you through a cybersecurity risk assessment at the organization level, the business process level, and/or the system (environment) level. Our auditors will assess your:
- Cybersecurity leadership
- Governance and societal responsibilities
- Strategy development and implementation
- Customer expectations and engagement
- Measurement, analysis, and improvement of performance programs
- Knowledge management process
- Workforce environment and engagement
- Work processes and operational effectiveness
- Results (including procedural results, customer results, workforce results, leadership results, financial results, and strategic results)
The NIST cybersecurity framework allows organizations to complete a self-assessment of the above factors using the Baldridge Excellence Framework. However, an independent, third-party risk assessment allows you to go beyond a checklist to evaluate the true impact of your security programs.
At Trifecta, our team will work to identify where you are already in compliance with the NIST information security framework and where you need to update your policies and procedures to meet minimum standards. From there, we can assist in the development of a Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M).
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The framework also includes implementation tiers, which help organizations understand how their current cybersecurity practices align with the NIST CSF. While similar to maturity levels, NIST implementation tiers are not quite as formal. Instead of striving for the highest possible maturity level, organizations should select the NIST tier that is most appropriate for their objectives, resources, and risk profile.
Similarly, NIST CSF profiles allow organizations to map their efforts to the framework’s core functions. Organizations can use profiles to identify opportunities for improvement by comparing their current profile to a desired “target” profile.