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Cybersecurity is vital for modern companies using digital tools. In 2018, the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act was passed requiring the National Institute of Standards and Technology to "disseminate, and publish on its website, standard and method resources that small businesses may use voluntarily to help identify, assess, manage, and reduce their cybersecurity risks.” Thus, NIST now offers a wealth of resources to support all businesses as they work to comply with NIST security guidelines.
For many companies, the prospect of complying with security guidelines brings up a major concern: cost. While large organizations may have the resources to comply with NIST standards, leaders at small companies may worry that they don’t have adequate resources to protect their status as a government contractor. And, if you don’t comply with NIST security standards, your entire business could be at risk if you lose your license to work with the government.
Fortunately, one objective of the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act is make compliance cost effective by supplying companies with enough information to easily manage security efforts. From publications and guides to news updates and events, NIST’s online resources provide advice and best practices when complying with NIST guidelines. Explore some of the best resources below.
The best place to start any research on NIST topics is with the institute’s cybersecurity publications. NIST offers more than 1,100 publications on the topic of cybersecurity, all of which focus on different standards, pieces of advice, and valuable knowledge from subject matter experts. Some recent publications that may be of use to your business include a guide on mobile device security and another explaining the Risk Management Framework. New publications are added to this database all the time, so it may be wise to explore these resources on a regular basis.
The Information Technology Laboratory is one of seven laboratories within NIST. The ITL focuses on creating IT standards, including those regarding cybersecurity, and works with organizations in the both the public and private sectors to create these standards.
On the ITL website, you can find a wealth of resources on IT standards that should be applied to your business. Here are a few areas you should look at:
The ITL provides a series of publications to offer specific guidelines on cybersecurity measures that every business should take. Among these publications are a key area of resources – the NIST Special Publications section. NIST has created three series of special publications, all focused on IT standards. Here’s what each series covers:
NIST lists five ITL priority areas: Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, Future Computing Technologies and Applications, and Reliable Computing. On the Cybersecurity page, you can find practical cybersecurity best practices and implementations. You’ll also find five resource areas:
While all five of these areas provide beneficial resources for businesses interested in compliance, let’s take a closer look at the Computer Security Resource Center and the Cybersecurity Framework below.
The Computer Security Resource Center, through beneficial is not a new resource. For more than two decades, the CSRC has provided NIST cybersecurity updates, including news on projects, publications, and events. The CSRC is divided into a few sections, each one focusing on different areas:
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is among the most beneficial resources for improving your cybersecurity risk management efforts. This is a voluntary and commonly applied framework designed to help companies mitigate cybersecurity risks. On the framework site, you can learn more using the following sections:
The Small Business Corner is a key resource implemented in alignment with the Small Business Cybersecurity Act. While other resources may have been generally beneficial for companies of any size, it’s helpful to have resources directly focused on your small business needs. Created and provided by the ITL, the Small Business Corner supplies resources to help you improve your security measures with limited cost.
Below are some of the key resources offered to help you navigate the Small Business Corner:
Finally, there are a number of videos available through the Information Technology Laboratory. These videos cover different cybersecurity topics and can provide the insight and advice needed to ensure you’re in alignment with NIST security standards.
With the right resources, any company can align with NIST security standards, regardless of its size. If you want an affordable and reliable way to align with standards when sharing data files with your customers or subcontractors, you should consider a NIST-compliant file storage and sharing solution. A top solution, like GOVFTP from Today will have the needed NIST security standards already built into their solution, making it far easier and faster for you to comply with NIST standards.
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Founder of Sharetru (Formerly FTP Today) and a respected voice in secure file transfer and Internet protocols. A software and IT geek since a young age, Martin has successfully led his companies through the digital age by spotting market niches and filling them with quality IT services.
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