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The new NIST Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently unveiled a significant update to its Cyber Security Framework, marking its first major revision in nearly a decade. 

NIST Cyber Security Framework Compliance

The NIST Cyber Security Framework (NIST CSF) is a structured risk-based framework to help organizations identify, protect, detect, respond to, and recover from cyber threats such as ransomware, spyware, and phishing. 

For Denver-based organizations in need of IT support and services, compliance with NIST Cyber Security Framework (NIST CSF) is legally required.

The draft of the updated NIST CSF addresses these growing challenges in 5 ways.

  1. Dynamic Risk Management

The first change places a stronger emphasis on continued risk assessment and management.  It encourages organizations to dynamically adjust their cybersecurity strategies based on the evolving cybersecurity threat landscape and changing risk.  eCreek It Solutions works with Denver businesses and nonprofits to proactively address the ever-changing threat landscape.

  1. Supply Chain Security

The updated framework provides guidance on evaluating and mitigating risks associated with third-party vendors and partners. Recognizing the critical role of managing cybersecurity risks across the supply chain.  Compliance here may require ensuring your suppliers are maintaining appropriate Cyber Security protections and protocols on their part.

  1. Privacy Considerations

Aligning with regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the new NIST CSF guidelines include a more robust approach to integrating privacy considerations into cybersecurity practices.  

Using a Denver IT Services company like eCreek IT Solutions to help ensure your organization is compliant is a good way to cross this off your list. 

  1. Threat Intelligence Integration

The updated framework includes guidance on effectively using threat intelligence to enhance threat detection and response capabilities. The NIST CSF updates emphasize the importance of sharing and integrating threat intelligence. 

As your Denver IT Support company, eCreek provides advanced Cyber Security Protection tools that not only block known viruses, but also provide intelligent and predictive protection against suspicious activity, patterns, and behaviors. 

  1. Authentication and Identity Management

Given the rise of identity-based attacks, the updated NIST CSF provides updated recommendations for strong authentication and identity management practices, including multi-factor authentication and zero trust principles.

eCreek IT Solutions, is an experienced IT support company able to provide a complete Cyber Security risk assessment to better understand how prepared you are to meet these requirements and ensure the continuity of your business. 

The Future of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

The importance of robust cybersecurity measures cannot be overstated. The updated NIST Cybersecurity Framework reflects a forward-looking approach that acknowledges the ever-changing nature of cyber threats.  Embracing these changes, completing compliance assessments, and maintaining a compliant cybersecurity environment is a key strategy to enhance your cybersecurity resilience and effectively safeguard your digital assets.  It will also continue to be more of a requirement to do business in many industries.