The NIST Cybersecurity Framework offers guidelines for improving cybersecurity risk. It increases understanding and mitigation of threats so organizations can protect their networks and sensitive data. Designed to be flexible and operate on a voluntary basis, the framework can integrate with existing security processes and enable companies to effectively and efficiently allocate resources for cybersecurity.
The Cybersecurity Framework covers five key functions — identification, protection, detection, response and recovery. This comprehensive approach seeks to improve organizations’ security posture and prevent or minimize the effects of data breaches and gaps in confidentiality due to cybersecurity risks. As a result, the Cybersecurity Framework safeguards sensitive information and bolsters compliant entities’ reputations for maintaining effective security practices.