The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework is a voluntary framework, based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices. Its intention is to reduce cyber risks to critical infrastructure. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) was developed with a focus on industries vital to national and economic security, including energy, banking, communications, and the defense industrial base.
Meanwhile, the NIST Special Publication 800-53 provides a catalog of security and privacy controls for all U.S. federal information systems except those related to national security. The NIST 800-53 controls set the security baseline for federal agencies and contractors, and are continuously updated to address new threats and to prevent major cybersecurity incidents.
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When using Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or any other cloud service provider, security and compliance is a shared responsibility between the cloud provider and the customer. You as the customer are responsible for configuring and using cloud services in a way that complies with the applicable directives contained within NIST CSF and NIST 800-53.
InsightCloudSec enables you to automate security and compliance with NIST CSF and NIST 800-53. InsightCloudSec provides dozens of out-of-the-box policies as part of our NIST compliance packs that map back to specific directives within NIST CSF and NIST 800-53. For example, InsightCloudSec’s policy “Cloud Account Password Policy Missing” supports compliance with the “PR.AC-1” directive in NIST CSF. You can immediately use the NIST compliance packs to identify and remediate policy violations in real time.