Lockpath for NIST CSF compliance

Challenges Implementing NIST CSF

Cybersecurity is a growing concern for organizations. Many seeking help turn to frameworks like The National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF). One of the main reasons is the NIST CSF acts as a guide, bridging the gap between where the organization is and where it needs to be to get cybersecurity right.

However, successful implementation of NIST CSF takes more than IT or Information Security. It requires an enterprise-wide effort that includes senior executives, business process owners and operations staff. Winning over executives to implement NIST CSF is a recurring issue.

Common challenges implementing NIST CSF include:

  • Lack of executive support. Many organizations aren’t required to use the NIST cybersecurity framework. As such, executives must see the value to authorize investing in the framework. While IT and Information Security are the biggest proponents of NIST frameworks, these departments are often challenged in explaining the value of NIST CSF to leadership.
  • Total implementation cost. Implementing NIST CSF goes beyond the price of the framework and includes the cost of performing or outsourcing vulnerability and configuration assessments, as well as the time mapping the framework’s 108 subcategories. Others fear the added workload will demand additional staff who are expensive to recruit, train and retain.
  • Assessment accuracy. NIST CSF requires a self-assessment to be completed by many different people across the organization. The challenge is people aren’t always unbiased in their self-assessments, often in scale rankings like 1-4. People are often subjective in their rankings, especially without scoring guidance, which can cause the composite score to be inaccurate.
  • Skill and experience shortage. Next to the scarcity of cybersecurity skills, the next biggest resource challenge is management skills that are essential to promoting NIST CSF across the organization. Another factor is a lack of experience needed to operate cybersecurity and risk management tools and extract the data helpful to management’s decision-making.
  • Lower organizational priority. Cybersecurity is given a lower priority by many organizations that place a higher priority on initiatives such as regulatory compliance, incident response and insider threats. Despite high profile breaches, many firms refuse to believe their businesses are targets of cyber-criminal activity. If cybersecurity is viewed as a low priority, it’s challenging to build support for NIST CSF.

Benefits of using Lockpath

The Lockpath Platform is designed to integrate NIST CSF and empower you to manage your organization’s cybersecurity program. Lockpath orchestrates governance, controls, risk management, frameworks, compliance, security tools, threat feeds and more. By integrating all into one platform, it provides cost savings during implementation and adds value to the cybersecurity program in its progress toward security goals.

With Lockpath, you can:

  • Reframe the discussion. Gain support from executives by sharing how cybersecurity risk is also a business risk. NIST CSF presents organizations with a common language and systematic methodology. Lockpath with NIST CSF not only helps you manage cyber risk, but also empowers decision-makers to make smarter business decisions.
  • Achieve cost savings.Lockpath enables organizations to manage multiple frameworks in the same platform. When implementing NIST CSF, some controls are already present, which saves time and money. Since your cybersecurity program is managed in Lockpath, it’s flexible and efficient to operate, maintain and is scalable.
  • Issue and manage assessments. Lockpath facilitates managing every aspect of assessments, including scheduling, issuing, scoring and reporting. Apply Lockpath’s assessment capabilities to the organization, opening eyes to the company’s current risk profile, target profile and the gap between them. Leverage assessment information to make budget, personnel, tool and strategic decisions, as well as identify new target profiles when business conditions change.
  • Address staffing shortage with automation. Lockpath enables automation of defined processes like security tool analysis. Whether you’re short staffed or at capacity, existing personnel can react faster to vulnerabilities and threats or use the extra time for other projects.
  • Raise the profile of cybersecurity. NIST CSF provides a common language for communicating cybersecurity risk that both cybersecurity and executives can understand. Lockpath, with its up-to-date reports, statuses, and actions, keeps stakeholders informed in real-time, so business and IT leaders can easily see and understand security’s value.

The Lockpath Difference

The Lockpath Platform is the ideal solution for NIST CSF because it brings out the best in the cybersecurity framework. Lockpath aids promoting NIST CSF at all levels of the organization and helps save time and money with framework implementation and ongoing maintenance.

Lockpath also contributes capabilities that fit well with NIST CSF objectives. It powers your assessments, helps monitor progress and shows its value with each activity. Lockpath also drives reporting and confidence in its reports. Because everything is connected and centralized in the platform, you can see dependencies and insights to make smarter decisions. The integrated approach offers cost savings compared to single point solutions, all the while keeping everyone focused on protecting the organization and reaching security goals.


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