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NIST Compliance

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What is NIST Compliance?

NIST: National Institute of Standards and Technology

safeguards to ensure delivery of critical infrastructure services

NIST is a government organization that seeks to ensure that all organizations have a framework in place to address known security issues by addressing technical protections and organizational policies.

NIST compliance is a way to help organizations do more than just think about cybersecurity. It gives guidance and benchmarks for actionable items that will help to increase security.

What are the goals of NIST compliance?

Most organizations are underprepared, or not at all prepared, to withstand a cyberattack. Adhering to the NIST framework will help organizations think about cybersecurity from a holistic perspective, with an intent to raise security posture.

The goal of NIST compliance is not to simply check off a box, but rather to increase resiliency to changing threats that have the capability of crippling an organization. Or even worse, forcing them out of business.

Our goal, at ProStratus, is to make sure that you are not the next target.

Is NIST required for me?

Currently, the NIST 800-171 framework is the backbone for compliance for any contracts that organizations might have with the Department of Defense. Other government agencies require NIST 800-171 or other, similar, frameworks.

Fully compliance with the NIST frameworks is not required for organizations that are not mandated by government contracts. However, these frameworks offer best practices for cybersecurity effectiveness and provide guidance for implementing a security plan for all organizations.

Just because it might not be required does not mean that strict security measures should be ignored. We live in a dangerous digital world, where attacks are becoming more sophisticated and much more costly.

Businesses and organizations of all levels are targets and should ensure the maximum amount of cybersecurity protection.

Features of the NIST Compliance Framework

NIST Core Concepts

The Identify Function

Assists in developing an organizational understanding to managing cybersecurity risk to systems, people, assets, data, and capabilities.

Understanding the business context, the resources that support critical functions, and the related cybersecurity risks enables an organization to focus and prioritize its efforts, consistent with its risk management strategy and business needs.

The Protect Function

Outlines appropriate safeguards to ensure delivery of critical infrastructure services.

The Protect Function supports the ability to limit or contain the impact of a potential cybersecurity event. This includes both technical controls and protections, as well as organizational policies and procedures.

The Detect Function

Defines the appropriate activities to identify the occurrence of a cybersecurity event.

The Detect Function enables timely discovery of cybersecurity events. The importance of active defense and early detection could mean the difference between stopping an attack at the source or not knowing about an attack until it is too late.

The Respond Function

Includes appropriate activities to take action regarding a detected cybersecurity incident.

The Respond Function supports the ability to contain the impact of a potential cybersecurity incident. Responding to an incident requires a great deal of preparation and planning before an incident happens.

ProStratus encourages organizations to plan for an event and hope one never happens, rather than ignore the potential impact of a cyberattack.

The Recover Function

Identifies appropriate activities to maintain plans for resilience and to restore any capabilities, data or services that were impaired or destroyed due to a cybersecurity incident.

The Recover Function supports timely recovery to normal operations to reduce the impact from a cybersecurity incident. ProStratus believes that no matter how secure an organization is, it is only a matter of “when” and not “if” a cyberattack will happen.

Having a robust and responsive recovery plan will be key in being able to maintain operations during and after such an attack.

The NIST 800-171 framework 14 categories of protection


  • Access Control


  • Awareness and Training


  • Auditing and Accountability


  • Configuration Management


  • Identification and Authentication


  • Incident Response


  • Maintenance


  • Personal Security


  • Physical Security


  • Risk Assessment


  • Security Assessment


  • System and Communication protection


  • Media Protection


  • System and Information Integrity

How do I implement the NIST framework?

ProStratus provides the tools and guidance to evaluate your environment and builds a roadmap for success. This is a true partnership, combining both technology and standard operating procedures which must be followed by your organization.

The first step of strengthening your cybersecurity is identifying where you stand today. We start with an online evaluation to see how your organization stacks up with your industry. The finished report will provide a clear understanding of where you currently are and where we need to go. This evaluation can be updated and reviewed over time to ensure you are staying on the path to success.

The technology we implement will be mapped to the NIST framework. Using this framework along with our Technology Curve methodology provides a purposeful technology plan for your businesses.

NIST Implementation

How does ProStratus assist clients with NIST compliance?

ProStratus provides the tools and guidance to evaluate your environment and builds a roadmap for success. This is a true partnership, combining both technology and standard operating procedures which must be followed by your organization.

The first step of strengthening your cybersecurity is identifying where you stand today. We start with an online evaluation to see how your organization stacks up with your industry. The finished report will provide a clear understanding of where you currently are and where we need to go. This evaluation can be updated and reviewed over time to ensure you are staying on the path to success.

The technology we implement will be mapped to the NIST framework. Using this framework along with our Technology Curve methodology provides a purposeful technology plan for your businesses.

Are there any other frameworks?

Yes, there are not only a variety of frameworks in the NIST family, but there are also emerging and new frameworks that are impacting the security postures of organizations. One such framework is the CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) 2.0 framework, which is heavily based on the controls that are presented in the NIST 800-171 framework.

There are also frameworks and checklists that are recognized internationally and by various organizations and agencies. Other frameworks include ISO27001, SOC 1 and SOC 2, and the CIS framework are just a few other examples of frameworks that are used.

The goal of all frameworks is to help organizations address common security issues and to align organizational policies to help address security concerns. No matter the framework that is being used, ProStratus can assist any organization in achieving compliance.

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