A cybersecurity framework (CSF) is crucial, no matter the size of the business. A CSF helps MSPs identify security gaps and areas of weakness, ensuring your client’s data is safe and secure.
There are many CSFs to choose from, and each framework has its own distinct characteristics. Getting to a fully protected state could take years, but in the long run, it will make or break your business. Take your time and properly decide the framework that’s best for you.
1. NIST (National Institute Of Standards And Technology)
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is published by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and is the leading CSF today. This framework provides a “high-level taxonomy of cybersecurity outcomes and methodology to assess and manage those outcomes.” The NIST framework is organized by five functions: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover.
2. CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification)
The CMMC framework was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense. It provides a model for contractors in the Defense Industrial Base to meet various security requirements. CMMC maps its controls to the NIST framework and is broken down into three levels: Foundation, Advanced, and Expert.
3. ISO 27001 (International Standards Organization)
ISO 27001 is an international standard for managing information security. Organizations that meet the standard’s requirements can be certified upon successful completion of an audit. ISO controls are comprehensive: They cover 144 controls in 14 groups and 35 control categories.
4. Zero Trust
Zero Trust is not technically a framework — it’s a model that continuously checks authenticity. The main concept of Zero Trust is “never trust, always verify.” Key principles of the Zero Trust model are to verify explicitly, use least privileged access, and assume you will be breached.
5. Compliance Manager GRC
Pick the standard(s) you want to track, including your own, then use Compliance Manager GRC to run an assessment to find the gaps between what you’re supposed to be doing and what’s actually happening. Compliance Manager GRC will then generate a plan of action and milestones for you to work toward compliance and produce the evidence of compliance.
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