Aligning with NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework

nist cybersecurity framework compliance

NIST cybersecurity framework compliance is crucial. In 2013, then-President Obama issued an Executive Order aimed at improving cybersecurity within critical infrastructure. As part of such efforts, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was instructed to develop the Cybersecurity Framework (CFS), which was published the following year. The CFS acts as a guide to help enterprises establish and enhance their cybersecurity posture through a set of recommendations and standards divided into five core functions. In turn, entities would be better prepared at identifying, detecting, and responding to cyber threats.

However, meeting the CSF’s standards means organizations must undertake a holistic approach to cybersecurity and implement various policies, practices, and tools. Below is a table highlighting the ways in which Sepio’s HAC-1 solution can help enterprises align with the CSF and, in turn, manage their risks more effectively.

FunctionPurposeHow HAC-1 Helps With Alignment
IdentifyDevelop the organizational understanding to manage cybersecurity risk to systems, assets, data, and capabilities.HAC-1 detects and identifies all IT, OT, and IoT assets, whether they are managed, unmanaged or hidden, using multiple Layer 1 parameters and machine learning, thereby providing complete asset visibility. In doing so, HAC-1 also identifies vulnerable or risky devices that previously went undetected, thus enabling effective hardware risk management.
ProtectDevelop and implement appropriate safeguards to ensure delivery of critical services.Through Hardware Access Control (HAC) and Zero Trust Hardware Access (ZTHA), HAC-1 enhances and automates policy enforcement, preventing unauthorized devices from gaining access and causing disruptions to critical operations. HAC-1 maintains verification of a device’s identity by continuously monitoring all assets to ensure constant protection.
DetectDevelop and implement appropriate activities to identify the occurrence of a cybersecurity event.By identifying anomalies in a device’s ID and digital fingerprint in real-time, HAC-1 detects malicious/rogue devices, or those which breach the pre-defined policies established by the system administrator. The analysis is augmented by the internal threat intelligence database and machine learning, allowing HAC-1 to discover new threats.
RespondDevelop and implement appropriate activities to take action regarding a detected cybersecurity incident.When a device breaches the pre-set policy or gets identified as malicious, HAC-1 instantly sends an alert and initiates a mitigation process that blocks the device. HAC-1 seamlessly integrates with third party solutions to support an automated mitigation process, in turn facilitating an immediate response that minimizes the impact of the event.
RecoverDevelop and implement appropriate activities to maintain plans for resilience and to restore any capabilities or services that were impaired due to a cybersecurity incident.By logging and documenting all events, HAC-1 provides information that can be used in post-event analysis to improve cybersecurity efforts.
nist cybersecurity framework compliance