In 2021, data security and privacy have become the hallmark requirements for businesses of all types. This means many of these businesses will more heavily (or readily) rely on their MSP teams to navigate cybersecurity challenges and focus on tools that can mitigate a wide range of security issues.
Where can MSP’s turn to for guidance to protect their clients and their own organization?
NIST CyberSecurity Framework
The National Institute of Standards and Technology or NIST Cybersecurity Framework is inherently a combination of practices that allow companies to identify, spot, and respond to different types of cyber-attacks. NIST revolves around five essential themes that MSPs can use to create a hardened cybersecurity program.
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework can make a difference – as it guides you to help keep customers’ data safe and secure. Even though voluntary, it has ultimately become a standard in the IT sector, as it has aided MSPs in understanding and applying the core concepts in managing and mitigating cybersecurity issues.
While the truth is that most MSP teams are overwhelmed with even the idea of having to review yet alone implement the wide array of standards available, using tools like SOPwerks (powered by MSPwerks) can help to ease the struggle through centralized access to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework templates, and the ability to create an individualized framework for each of your managed clients.
What benefits will MSP’s gain from adopting the NIST Framework? Well, consider the following benefits:
It provides standards for prioritizing actions to protect data
It provides common-language criteria that everyone within your organization as well as your customers can understand.
It provides guidelines that apply to companies in nearly every industry
It helps demonstrate your MSP’s maturity and dedication to ongoing risk mitigation
Adhering to the NIST framework for cybersecurity creates a foundation on which you can build trust with your customers. Whether you choose to employ the NIST Framework or simply use it to complement your current cybersecurity and risk management processes, it’s an industry standard that can be followed to enhance your security practices and give your customers peace of mind.