The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) that suggests procedures and controls that help enhance an organization’s cybersecurity posture. An independent NIST CSF assessment conducted by a CRI professional assesses an organization’s specific cybersecurity needs using five distinct functions, from what precautions need to be in place to combat potential breaches to what responses are necessary to prevent damage from spreading.
Every organization has a unique set of cybersecurity needs based on a multitude of different factors. Aspects such as a company’s size and the types of data they protect can dictate the specific ways they need to prepare and respond to cyber attacks.
Possessing the skills necessary to perform an assessment is crucial. Independent assessors at CRI have been specially trained and rigorously tested to ensure that they are capable of providing the level of expertise necessary to effectively audit an organization’s cybersecurity needs. In fact, CRI assessors are required to have specific credentials, which include passing the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. These standards are implemented by CRI to guarantee that only the strongest auditors are performing assessments, rather than a less experienced IT professional.
The Benefits of Working with a CRI Assessor
By possessing a high level of auditing skills, CRI assessors have the ability to provide valuable insight to an organization. For instance, they work more efficiently, properly test controls, and design a range of controls for companies to implement. Additionally, CRI’s team of professionals can effectively answer questions from clients as they guide them through how to make their organization as secure and responsive as possible.
An independent assessment allows an organization to receive tailor-made suggestions about what controls and procedures need to be put in place. By having an assessment completed by an assessor with a CISSP credential, organizations have someone who is able to make meaningful technical recommendations based on years of actual IT experience and high-level expertise.
To learn more about the benefits of a NIST CSF assessment and how your organization can begin the process, reach out to a CRI cybersecurity advisor.