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Choosing the Right Cybersecurity Framework

Cybersecurity Frameworks provide the structure and methodology you need to protect your important digital assets. While there are many different frameworks out there, your organization's unique needs will help you determine which framework best fits those needs.

Much like protecting your house, you must also set up a system to protect your organization. For example: Your house may have locks on the doors to prevent intrusion as well as an alarm system to alert you if an intruder makes it past the locks. These combined efforts make up your at-home security framework. When protecting your organization's data, setting up a similar multi layered security strategy is equally important. Choosing a framework to adhere to can help organize your strategy and ensure you are covered in all facets of security.

What is a Cybersecurity Framework?

A cybersecurity framework is a system of standards, guidelines, and best practices to manage risks that arise in the digital world. A framework is a way of organizing information and, in most cases, related tasks. Frameworks have been around for a long time and cover a multitude of industries. Cybersecurity frameworks take the framework approach to the work of securing digital assets. The framework is designed to give security managers a reliable, systematic way to mitigate cyber risk no matter how complex the environment might be.

Objectives of a Cybersecurity Framework

There are a few core objectives of every cybersecurity framework. These objectives include:

  • Describing the current security posture

  • Describing the target security posture

  • Continuously improving

  • Assessing progress towards target posture

  • Communicate risk

Popular Cybersecurity Frameworks

  • PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard): It is a set of security controls required to implement to protect payment account security. It is designed to protect credit card, debit card, and cash card transactions

  • ISO 27001/27002 (International Organization for Standardization ): Best practice recommendations for information security management and information security program elements.

  • CIS Critical Security Controls: A prescribed arrangement of activities for cyber protection that give particular and noteworthy approaches to stop the present most inescapable and perilous attacks. A key advantage of the Controls is that they organize and center fewer activities with high outcomes

  • NIST Framework: A Framework for improving critical infrastructure Cybersecurity with a goal to improve organization’s readiness for managing cybersecurity risk by leveraging standard methodologies and processes

Choosing the Right Security Framework to Fit Your Business

A structured approach to selecting a security framework starts with understanding the security requirements and risks that are unique to your business and your industry. If your industry is not bound by a specific framework, it is best to educate yourself on the entire framework you are choosing to implement without overwhelming your organization and trying to tackle every control at once.

Don't Go It Alone

Mapletronics is here to help you every step of the way when it comes to your organizations unique security and compliance needs. We have a depth of experience in assisting our clients with their security needs and our team of security experts are current on emerging threats so you don't have to worry about staying on top of all the moving pieces.

Understanding the gaps is key to addressing regulatory obligations and protecting your organizations from the devastating effects of a breach. Our experts are here to help.

Schedule a free security consultation today to begin discussions to protect your business.


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