Rethinking the Role of Compliance

Leveraging NIST’s Revamped Cybersecurity Framework: A Strategic Approach to Risk and Security Management

By: Igor Volovich, VP, Compliance Strategy

In the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape, organizations are continuously challenged to stay ahead of threats while ensuring compliance with many regulations and best practices. The recent announcement by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) regarding its revamped Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 offers a fresh perspective on how businesses can approach this challenge. For companies like Qmulos, this presents an opportunity to redefine and elevate the role of compliance in risk and security management.

The Evolution of the NIST Framework

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework has long been a beacon for organizations navigating the complex waters of cybersecurity. With its latest iteration, NIST has introduced significant changes, notably the addition of a “Govern” component. This new pillar emphasizes the importance of an organization’s internal cybersecurity posture and highlights the roles and responsibilities of individuals within that framework.

Cherilyn Pascoe, the lead developer of the framework, aptly stated, “We want to make sure that it is a tool that’s useful to all sectors, not just those designated as critical.” This sentiment resonates with Qmulos’ vision of converging security, risk, and compliance across all industries to strengthen organizations’ cyber posture.

Continuous Compliance: The Qmulos Perspective

Qmulos has always championed the idea of continuous compliance, where monitoring and governance are not periodic activities but integrated aspects of daily operations. The “Govern” component in NIST’s updated framework aligns perfectly with this vision. By focusing on continuous control monitoring and the ongoing assessment of control posture, organizations can ensure they are always in a state of readiness, reducing the risk of breaches and non-compliance.

Deduplication: A Strategic Imperative

One of the standout features of the new NIST framework is its emphasis on integrating various guidance documents. In today’s complex cybersecurity environment, organizations often find themselves juggling multiple frameworks, leading to overlapping investments and duplicated efforts. Qmulos has long recognized the critical need to streamline these efforts. By integrating various frameworks and guidelines, organizations can achieve a unified approach to security, risk, and compliance, ensuring that resources are utilized efficiently and effectively.

The Road Ahead: Transforming Compliance into a Strategic Tool

The voluntary nature of the Cybersecurity Framework 2.0, combined with its adaptability, offers organizations a unique opportunity. Instead of viewing compliance as a mere checkbox activity, it can be transformed into a strategic tool for risk and security management. Qmulos, emphasizing smarter, evolved compliance management, is perfectly positioned to guide organizations on this journey.

As Pascoe mentioned, there was a significant call for more guidance on implementing the framework, especially in light of emerging cybersecurity issues like ransomware and supply chain risks. This is where Qmulos’ expertise comes into play. With its deep understanding of the compliance landscape and strategic approach to risk management, Qmulos can help organizations leverage the new NIST framework to its fullest potential.

Getting Started

The revamped NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 is more than just an update; it’s a call to action for organizations to rethink their approach to compliance. For Qmulos, it reaffirms the belief that with the right strategy and tools, compliance can be transformed from a regulatory requirement into a powerful instrument for risk and security management. As the cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve, so too must our strategies, and Qmulos is at the forefront of this evolution, guiding organizations towards a safer, more secure future.

To learn how Qmulos can help your organization embrace convergence and achieve synergy across compliance, security, and risk management functions, schedule your complimentary Compliance Therapy™ strategy briefing today.

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