Survey: Majority of agencies follow NIST Cybersecurity Framework

With the rising tide of cybersecurity threats to government networks, one good sign is that the overwhelming majority of federal agencies are following guidance provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s cybersecurity framework.

That’s according to a recent survey, which found 82 percent of 150 IT and security professionals in the federal government said their agencies are either fully or partially implementing the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.  When broken down further, 53 percent are fully implementing, with 29 percent partially implementing the guidance. The survey was conducted by Dimensional Research and sponsored by Dell.

Created with input from more than 3,000 people from industry, academia and government, the NIST framework provides voluntary guidance for public- and private-sector critical infrastructure organizations to better manage and reduce cybersecurity risk.  In addition to helping organizations manage and reduce risks, it was designed to foster uniformity in cybersecurity management communications.

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