The NIST Cyber Security Framework (NIST-CSF) provides a policy framework of computer security guidance for how organisations can assess and improve their ability to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber-attacks. It provides a high-level taxonomy of cyber security outcomes and a methodology to assess and manage those outcomes. Originally aimed at operators of critical infrastructure, the framework is now being used by a wide range of businesses and organisations and helps shift organisations to a proactive approach to risk management. Internationally the framework has been adopted in over 27 countries, and Japan and Australia have made NCSF central to its Government programs.
The NIST-CSF focuses on using business drivers to guide cyber security activities and considering cyber security risks as part of the organisation’s risk management processes.
The Framework consists of three parts:
- the Framework Core,
- the Implementation Tiers, and
- the Framework Profiles.
The Framework Core is a set of cyber security activities, outcomes, and informative references that are common across sectors and critical infrastructure. Elements of the Core provide detailed guidance for developing individual organisational Profiles.
The Tiers provide a mechanism for organisations to view and understand the characteristics of their approach to managing cyber security risk, which will help in prioritising and achieving cyber security objectives.
Through use of Profiles, the Framework will help an organisation to align and prioritise its cyber security activities with its business/mission requirements, risk tolerances, and resources.
While the NIST-CSF was developed to improve cyber security risk management in critical infrastructure, the Framework can be used by organisations in any sector or community. The Framework enables organisations – regardless of size, degree of cyber security risk, or cyber security sophistication – to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improving security and resilience. The Framework provides a common organising structure for multiple approaches to cyber security by assembling standards, guidelines, and practices that are working effectively today. Moreover, because it references globally recognised standards for cyber security, the Framework serves as a model for international cooperation on strengthening cyber security in critical infrastructure as well as other sectors and communities.
The Framework offers a flexible way to address cyber security, including cyber security’s effect on physical, cyber, and people dimensions. It is applicable to organisations relying on technology, whether their cyber security focus is primarily on information technology (IT), industrial control systems (ICS), cyber-physical systems (CPS), or connected devices more generally, including the Internet of Things (IoT). The Framework can assist organisations in addressing cyber security as it affects the privacy of customers, employees, and other parties. Additionally, the Framework’s outcomes serve as targets for workforce development and improvement activities.
This NCSP® Foundation Certificate course is designed to teach IT, Business and Cyber security professionals the fundamentals of Digital Transformation, Cyber security Risk Management and the NIST Cyber security Framework. This Foundation training program outlines current cyber security challenges and explains how organisations who operationalise a NIST Cyber security program across an enterprise and its supply chain can mitigate these challenges.
This Foundation level course covers the following topics:
- Today’s Digital Economy
- Understanding Cyber Risks
- The NIST Cyber security Framework Fundamentals
- Core Functions, Categories & Subcategories
- Implementation Tiers
- Developing Framework Profiles
- Cyber security Improvement
- Cyber security Controls Factory Mode