NIST launches new ‘Quick Start Guide’ for its Cybersecurity Framework

Published: Thursday, 30 September 2021 12:15

To assist organizations wanting to start using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, NIST has published a new guide, NIST Special Publication (SP) 1271, Getting Started with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework: A Quick Start Guide.

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is organized by five key Functions – Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, Recover. When considered together, these provide a comprehensive view of the lifecycle for managing cyber security risk over time.

Getting Started with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework: A Quick Start Guide outlines key, high-level activities organized by Framework Function that offer a starting point for establishing a secure cyber security posture and improving cyber security risk management.

The new document’s abstract reads as follows:

This document intends to provide direction and guidance to those organizations – in any sector or community – seeking to improve cybersecurity risk management via utilization of the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (Cybersecurity Framework or the Framework). Cybersecurity is an important and amplifying component of an organization’s overall risk management process. The Framework enables organizations – regardless of size, degree of cybersecurity risk, or cybersecurity sophistication – to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improve security and resilience. Through implementation of the Framework, organizations can better identify, assess, and manage their cybersecurity risks in the context of their broader mission and business objectives.