Introduction: The Evolution of Cybersecurity Governance
On August 8, 2023, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a draft of its updated Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 (CSF 2.0). Since the original framework was released in 2014, it has served as an invaluable guide for organizations to manage their cybersecurity risks. With CSF 2.0, NIST expands the Framework’s applicability from focusing on critical infrastructure to being inclusive of all organizations, regardless of type or size. This marks a significant shift and indicates the growing recognition of cybersecurity as a crucial enterprise risk.
Key Changes in NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework 2.0
Addition of Governance Function
One of the most noteworthy updates is the addition of a new governance function to the original five functions of the framework—Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover. The governance function emphasizes that cybersecurity should not be seen as an isolated challenge but rather as a major source of enterprise risk. This aligns closely with other risks like legal and financial concerns and thus should be a focus for senior leadership.
The updated framework also comes with expanded guidance on its implementation. This is designed to help organizations tailor the framework according to their specific needs and risks, offering a more flexible approach than a one-size-fits-all solution.
The Open Comment Period
NIST has initiated an open comment period through November 4, 2023, seeking input on whether the CSF 2.0 addresses current and anticipated cybersecurity challenges adequately. It's an opportunity for industry experts, cybersecurity professionals, and organizations to provide their perspectives on the draft. NIST plans to publish the finalized CSF 2.0 in early 2024.
Framework Security’s Take on CSF 2.0
At Framework Security, we welcome the CSF 2.0 updates, particularly the emphasis on governance. Our philosophy has always been that cybersecurity should align closely with business goals and enterprise risks, and the inclusion of governance in the Framework supports this view. The flexibility in implementing tailored profiles based on particular situations further resonates with our commitment to customized, effective cybersecurity solutions.
Cybersecurity is no longer a siloed discipline but an integral part of an organization’s overall risk management strategy. NIST's CSF 2.0 encapsulates this evolving viewpoint and offers a more comprehensive and flexible framework for modern enterprises. It is a step forward in recognizing that effective cybersecurity is not just about technology but also about governance, strategy, and broad organizational involvement.
To stay ahead in the ever-changing landscape of cybersecurity, adapting to frameworks like CSF 2.0 is not just advisable but essential. If you have thoughts about the draft, consider contributing to the public comment period. And if you’re looking for tailored solutions that align with these best practices, Framework Security is here to assist.
To learn more about how we can help you align with CSF 2.0, contact us today.