On August 8, 2023, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a draft of the newly updated NIST Cybersecurity Framework, NIST CSF 2.0 - almost 10 years after the release of the original NIST CSF 1.0 in February of 2014. Like NIST CSF 1.1 released in 2018, the updates reflect the suggestions and feedback that NIST received from stakeholders that use the framework to shape their information security strategies.
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is a set of guidelines, best practices, and standards intended to help organizations maintain and improve their security posture. Information security leaders leverage the framework globally as a structured approach to assessing and strengthening their cybersecurity controls and policies to protect against cyber threats and prevent costly data breaches.
The framework is an intentionally flexible and adaptable approach to helping organizations adjust their cybersecurity strategies based on their specific needs, level of risk, and industry requirements. Because of its flexibility, NIST CSF is widely used by businesses, government agencies, and organizations of all sizes.