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Should you implement the NIST cybersecurity framework?

The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) cybersecurity framework is designed to enhance an organisation’s defence against cyberattacks. Furthermore, it is a set of guidelines and best practices designed to create inter-organisational clarity in the event of a cyberattack.

Many business owners wonder whether it is truly necessary for them to implement the framework at their workplace. To put it simply: it is most certainly necessary. The guidelines have been intelligently formulated to protect a company from cyberattacks, if not quickly resolve them.

Here will discuss the framework and why your organisation can benefit from its implementation.

What is the NIST cybersecurity framework?

The framework contacts a host of core features pertaining to cybersecurity. These are divided into separate elements, including:

Functions: The five functions the NIST cybersecurity framework defines are identify, protect, detect, respond and recover.

Categories: Each of these five functions contains its own categories that are specific tasks that have to be carried out in the event of a cyberattack. For example, to protect your software systems, you may have to install antimalware programs, antivirus updates and software updates.

Subcategories: These are the specific controls associated with each category. For example, you have to ensure that all Windows machines have auto-updates turned on when it comes to implementing software updates (part of categories).

Informative references: These are industry recognised reference materials that can be used to support either business or technical controls. E.g. COBIT, IEC/ISO 27001 and NIST 800-53. 

Implementation tiers

Tiers describe the degree to which an organisation’s cybersecurity risk management practices exhibit the characteristics defined in the framework. The tiers range from Partial (Tier 1) to Adaptive (Tier 4) and describe an increasing degree of rigor, and how well integrated cybersecurity risk decisions are into broader risk decisions, and the degree to which the organisation shares and receives cybersecurity info from external parties.


Profiles are an organisation’s unique alignment of their organisational requirements and objectives, risk appetite, and resources against the desired outcomes of the framework core. Profiles can be used to identify opportunities for improving cybersecurity posture by comparing a “Current” Profile with a “Target” Profile.

Should my business implement the NIST Cybersecurity Framework?

If you run a private business, it is highly valuable to have this framework in place. Cyberattacks can cost organisations millions of dollars, and is something that requires absolute aversions. ITSM Hub can train your staff to implement the NIST Cybersecurity Framework so that you are better prepared for and ready to respond to a cyberattack.

If you would like to discuss having your staff trained up on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework at ITSM Hub, please feel free to contact our friendly team of IT professionals. We are dedicated to providing business owners and their team with an exceptional service standard, and will be happy to discuss our course with you and how it can greatly enhance your company’s cybersecurity.

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