"It’s not a question of ‘if’, but rather ‘when’ your network will be breached" – Deloitte


How to Build a Cybersecurity Strategy

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services utilizes the Baldrige Cybersecurity Tool developed in conjunction with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to provide professional assessment and implementation of your company’s cyber security practices.

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The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is a voluntary set of standards, guidelines, and best practices to manage cybersecurity-related risk.  The Cybersecurity Framework’s prioritized, flexible, and cost-effective approach helps to promote the protection and resilience of critical infrastructure and other sectors important to the economy and national security.


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Utilizing the Framework as a cybersecurity risk management tool, an organization can determine activities that are most important to critical service delivery. 

The Framework is designed to complement existing business and cybersecurity operations. It can serve as the foundation for a new cybersecurity program or a mechanism for improving an existing program. The Framework provides a means of expressing cybersecurity requirements to business partners and customers and can help identify gaps in an organization’s cybersecurity practices. It also provides a general set of considerations and processes for considering privacy and civil liberties implications in the context of a cybersecurity program.

The first step in building your Cybersecurity Strategy is understanding your current state. The Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder is a voluntary assessment tool that enables organizations to better understand and improve the effectiveness of their cybersecurity risk management efforts. It helps leaders of organizations to identify opportunities for improvement based on their cybersecurity risks, needs, and objectives, as well as their larger organizational environment, relationships, and outcomes. It is adaptable and scalable to an organization’s needs, goals, capabilities, and environment.

Results of the Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder are then combined with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to provide a holistic and actionable foundation for a cybersecurity program.

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