LeveL5Cyber

Define the Risks
Defend the Assets

LeveL5Cyber

Define the Risks
Defend The Assets

LeveL5Cyber

Define the Risks
Defend The Assets

NIST CSF-IT

The LeveL5Cyber process

LeveL5Cyber has a proven and mature process with an IT-experienced team that can lead your organization through the steps for identifying the appropriate scope of the assessment, key resources, and the internal processes and procedures that help with identifying the baseline. While the duration of the assessment will vary depending on the business’ objectives and overall scope, the resulting report and action plan can set the stage for identifying and closing gaps while providing a foundation to build upon and simplify future efforts. The Executive Out-brief presentation at the end of the assessment may help inform key decision makers of the objective. Unbiased observations along with specific, prioritized recommendations can provide clarity to aid in making business decisions.

• Easily schedule assessment timelines 
• Review and document areas within your existing documentation 
• Conduct in-depth workshops to baseline your environment and interview the appropriate subject matter experts 
• Review draft reports with your organization to incorporate feedback directly from you 
• Deliver a final version of the report and other additional artifacts 
• Perform an executive out brief session to educate other team members 
• Identify key areas of success and key areas in need of growth

Your Risks

The LeveL5Cyber NIST CSF for IT Assessment takes the popular and foundational NIST cybersecurity Framework (CSF) controls, that were designed to bridge the gap between business and technical stakeholders, and tailors them to the specific needs of an Information Technology (IT) environment. The assessment is a risk-based approach to help our clients understand their current cyber posture. In terms of adhering to the NIST CSF requirements, our assessment identifies gaps in compliance and provides mitigation recommendations to assist our partners focus on the appropriate areas for improvements.

CyberSecurity threats are constantly evolving and target all industries. Use of third-party software, cloud computing, and most recently, a remote workforce has left many businesses vulnerable. Companies have fallen victim to phishing and ransomware. These attacks can have catastrophic business implications, which is why it is critical to maintain an effective cybersecurity plan that matures as your company grows and as threats evolve.

Our Roles

LeveL5Cyber works with organizations to assist with reducing risk by leveraging the current threat landscape as it applies to the Information Technology (IT) environment while incorporating the unique needs of the business. The LeveL5Cyber assessment objectively provides a measured and repeatable process for evaluating the IT environment while identifying gaps and developing prioritized recommendations to achieve the client’s target profile. The repeatability of the process allows the organization to better understand where efforts should be focused. More importantly, ongoing assessments provide a methodology to show leadership and board members the progress that has been made each year.

Where do you want to be?

The LeveL5Cyber NIST CSF for IT Assessment was designed to provide ongoing risk reduction through the improvement of risk management practices. It allows our partners to measure their current cybersecurity state, identify their ideal target state and provides actionable, prioritized steps to achieve their target state. As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, so must a business’ risk management focus. Through continuous improvements to increase cybersecurity maturity, organizations will benefit from a reduced risk of a successful cyberattack on their critical manufacturing environment.

What's the value of NIST CSF-IT?

With cyberattacks against IT environments and critical infrastructure on the rise, the implications of a successful breach can be catastrophic. Many organizations struggle with building out a cost-effective IT-specific cybersecurity program, while the need to ensure there are foundational security controls to build upon has never been more important. The LeveL5Cyber NIST CSF for IT Assessment leverages our decades of experience as hands-on operators of IT and critical infrastructure environments to identify the current maturity level (baseline) and provide our clients with actionable steps to begin risk reduction through prioritized mitigation efforts. The result can help our clients show continuous improvements in their cybersecurity program while reducing risk and helping to effectively manage budget allocations.

What is NIST CSF-IT?

LeveL5Cyber works with your organization to review the scope of the NIST CSF for IT Assessment, analyze the applicable internal documentation and assist with identifying key stakeholders. We then collaborate with those stakeholders throughout the assessment workshops. The entire process is geared to be repeatable and leverage the five functions and 23 categories of the NIST CSF. From this assessment, the LeveL5Cyber report identifies actionable gaps and develops prioritized recommendations in tandem with the maturity ranking obtained for the specific control statements. By leveraging the business’ target profile, LeveL5Cyber can identify the necessary actions to alleviate the areas of highest risk while making strides towards our client’s desired goals.

  • The CyberSecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (CEA) updated the role of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to include identifying and developing cybersecurity risk frameworks for voluntary use by critical infrastructure owners and operators.
  • The Framework focuses on using business drivers to guidecybersecurity activities and considering cybersecurity risks as part of the organization’s risk management processes.
  • The Framework enables organizations – regardless of size, degree ofcybersecurityrisk, or cybersecurity sophistication – to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improving security and resilience.
  • To account for the uniquecybersecurityneeds of organizations, there are a wide variety of ways to use the Framework. The decision about how to apply it is left to the implementing organization. The Framework is a living document and will continue to be updated and improved. 

Who developed NIST CSF-IT?

NIST has taken on the important mission of strengthening the resilience of our critical infrastructure and developed the cybersecurity framework to provide a prioritized, flexible, repeatable, performance-based, and cost-effective approach to address the dynamic nature of cyber risk. The Framework is intended to be a foundational element of the organization’s cybersecurity program and is flexible enough to use in a variety of ways. This allows LeveL5Cyber to tailor our assessments to the uniqueness of the organization and to the environment to achieve the desired outcomes of the business.

Cyber Security Framework for Information Technology FAQ

NIST CyberSecurity Framework helps businesses to better understand, manage and reduce their risk while protecting their networks and data. This voluntary framework gives your business an outline of best practices to help you decide where to focus your time and budget for cybersecurity protection. The NIST CSF works in the following five (5) Functions: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover.

Each organization’s cybersecurity resources, capabilities, and needs are different. The time to implement NIST CSF will vary among organizations, ranging from as short as a few weeks to several years.

Although there are no regulatory ties to how often a review of cybersecurity posture is required, baseline state should be evaluated at least annually.

The Framework provides a common language and systematic methodology for managing cybersecurity risk. It is designed to complement, not replace, an organization’s cybersecurity program and risk management processes. NIST CSF provides organizations with an opportunity to identify areas where existing processes may be strengthened, or where new processes can be implemented.  The pairing of NIST CSF with an implementation plan allows an organization to take full advantage of the Framework by enabling cost-effective prioritization and communication of improvement activities among organizational stakeholders, or for setting expectations with suppliers and partners.  Additionally, using the Framework and creating implementation plans can be leveraged as strong artifacts for demonstrating due care.

Companies can use NIST CSF to communicate cybersecurity risk to senior leadership, to improve risk management processes, and to enhance their processes for setting security priorities and the budgets associated with those improvements. Each industry and company will have different risks associated. NIST CSF is a flexible framework that can be tailored to address specific risks or concerns. Should a threat present itself, your company will have taken proactive steps to prevent business impacts.

NIST CSF are voluntary guidelines that companies can use to assess their cybersecurity procedures and posture. The Framework was originally written to be followed by operators of critical infrastructure. LeveL5Cyber’s team has years of experience across dozens of industries and roles and can provide an unbiased assessment of your company’s current compliance to the Framework. We partner with you to highlight threats and gaps and can develop actionable intelligence for your company to make informed decisions and reach your cybersecurity goals.

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Mike Moten

Senior Director

Marianne Swarter

Executive Vice President for Delivery

Michael Piccalo

Executive Vice President for Strategy

Anthony Morrone

Senior Director

Marianne Swarter

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Mike Moten

North American Director, Strategy Development

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