Define the Risks
Defend the Assets


Define the Risks
Defend The Assets


Define the Risks
Defend The Assets


The LeveL5Cyber process

LeveL5Cyber has a proven and mature process with an OT-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 objectives. Unbiased observations along with specific, prioritized recommendations can provide clarity to aid in making business decisions.

  • Easily schedule assessment timelines with appropriate stakeholders 
  • Review and document areas within your existing documentation 
  • Conduct in-depth workshops to baseline your environment and interview appropriate subject matter experts 
  • Review the draft findings report with your organization to incorporate feedback directly from you 
  • Deliver a final version of the findings report, including areas of strength and areas needing improvement, along with a prioritized list of actionable recommendations 
  • Perform an Executive outbrief session to educate other team members 
  • Identify key areas of success and those that need growth 

Your Risks

The LeveL5Cyber NIST CSF for OT 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 Operational Technology (OT) environment that prioritizes safety and availability. 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 help our clients 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, which can easily propagate to the Operational Technology (OT) environment if sufficient controls are not in place. 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. OT presents even further potential risk as the updating and securing of these environments do not follow the same cadence as traditional IT infrastructures.

Our Roles

LeveL5Cyber works with organizations to assist with reducing the attack surface by leveraging the current threat landscape as it applies to the Operational Technology (OT) environment while incorporating the unique needs of the business. The LeveL5Cyber assessment objectively provides a measured and repeatable process for evaluating the OT 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 over time.

Where do you want to be?

The LeveL5Cyber NIST CSF for OT Assessment was designed to provide ongoing risk reduction through the improvement of risk management practices. It allows clients 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 benefit from a reduced risk of a successful cyberattack on their critical manufacturing environment.

What's the value of NIST CSF-OT?

With cyberattacks against OT environments and critical infrastructure on the rise, the implications of a successful breach can be catastrophic. Many organizations struggle with building out an effective OT-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 OT Assessment leverages our decades of experience in OT and critical infrastructure environments to safely identify the current maturity level (baseline) and provide our clients with actionable steps to begin risk reduction through prioritized mitigation efforts. The results, a final report of the findings, including strengths and areas for improvements, along with a prioritized list of actionable recommendations, 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-OT?

LeveL5Cyber works with your organization to review the scope of the NIST CSF for OT Assessment, analyze the applicable internal documentation and assist with identifying key stakeholders. We then work with those stakeholders throughout the assessment workshops. The entire process is geared to be repeatable and leverages the five functions and 23 categories of the NIST CSF, with an emphasis on safety and availability and a focus on the overall OT environment. 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 guide cybersecurity activities and considering cybersecurity risks as part of the organization’s risk management processes. 
  • The Framework enables organizations – regardless of size, degree of cybersecurity risk, or cybersecurity sophistication – to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improving security and resilience. 
  • To account for the unique cybersecurity needs 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-OT?

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 Operational Technology FAQ

NIST Cybersecurity Framework helps businesses to better understand, manage and reduce their risk while protecting their networks and data. The Framework differs from the IEC 62443 series of standards and is driven by controls intended for companies with a segmented OT environment. 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 covers 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 an organization’s cybersecurity posture is required against NIST CSF, the 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 with them. 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.

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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