There’s a recognized truth across the cybersecurity industry: you can’t protect what you don’t know. Added to that is the fact that you can’t know what you don’t know.
Industry best practices and cybersecurity frameworks reconcile these two for productive outcomes and a stronger cybersecurity posture.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] SP 800-53 offers industry-recognized controls for organizational information system security and privacy leveled by low, moderate and high impact tiers.
Control families range from access control to identity and authentication, and from incident response to supply chain risk management.
Federal agencies and contractors have mandated compliance with NIST 800-53. For others, aligning with and implementing these controls establishes a baseline for secure organizational infrastructure.
Cybersecurity complexity makes it difficult to see your entire landscape of threats, vulnerabilities, policies and processes. Every organization has weak spots. Any organization that doesn’t know what those are is at risk.
A third-party assessment of NIST 800-53 compliance is generally spurred by one of these three conditions:
An annual or semi-annual look into your organization’s security and privacy controls is ideal for maintaining visibility and awareness of insufficient protection.
To make the most of a NIST 800-53 assessment, find a consultant who eliminates the gray space from an overly condensed evaluation. A robust assessment looks beyond a list of yes/no questions and checkboxes to include:
The whole story of an environment’s current security posture is best told by exploring the caveats behind the questions on a checklist. An assessment designed and evaluated by humans allows tailoring for each client. It also helps capture the nuances that provide context and value to the entire business.
Comprehensive reporting enables an organization to quickly identify its top security priorities, ensure business partners of its risk stance, and validate the review of its security controls.
Converge Cybersecurity and CBI, A Converge Company are obsessed with cybersecurity and making the world a safer place for everyone.
We have extended knowledge and experience with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and an understanding of security control best practices. Our assessment team also draws on our in-house expertise in all core cybersecurity pillars to ensure some of the most comprehensive reporting in the industry.