NIST Cybersecurity Audits & Risk Assessments

As cyberattacks increase in frequency and impact—and management teams are held accountable to boards, audit committees, or contracts and regulations to provide security protocols—audits and risk assessments can help organizations protect critical data and sensitive information.

Aligning your strategy with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF)—initially created for government contractors and organizations that provide critical infrastructure services—can help your organization assess, manage, and mitigate risk and protect networks. Addressing the framework’s 108 control checks, however, can be a complex process that drains time and resources.

Select and maintain security and privacy controls for your information systems through the NIST CSF with an audit and assessment by our professionals. Identify, detect, protect against, respond to, and recover from cyberattacks to maintain peace of mind in your day-to-day operations.

How NIST Assessments Protect Your Organization

Understand and stay current with laws to protect your critical business data, customer information, and intellectual property. Acquire more room for interpretation and flexibility in terms of which controls should be in place for your organization.

The NIST CSF outlines five key functions to help support your cybersecurity strategy:

  • Identify. Develop an organizational understanding to manage cybersecurity risk to systems, assets, data, and capabilities.
  • Protect. Develop and implement the appropriate safeguards to identify threats. Implement access control, awareness and training, data security, processes and procedures, maintenance, and technology.
  • Detect. Establish alert mechanisms and protocols to identify a threat—such as anomalies and events, continuous monitoring, and detection processes—before it can fully materialize.
  • Respond. Develop and implement the appropriate actions to take when incidents are detected, including response planning, communications, analysis, mitigation, and improvements.
  • Recover. Establish and implement the appropriate activities to maintain resiliency plans and restore impaired capabilities or services due to a breach, including recovery planning, improvements, and communications. Keep your daily operations functional and secure when a system or network becomes compromised.

How the Process Works

Confidently navigate the audit and assessment with our professionals providing guidance through five steps:


Request network diagram, IT-related policies, any documented standard operating procedures, results of past IT assessments and audits, and results of any current attraction testing.


Conduct interviews with representatives of IT department, outsourced IT support providers, HR department, legal team, facility manager, or other potentially appropriate parties. Conduct walkthroughs of system security settings and controls.


Perform in-house evaluation to identify misalignments or gaps with the NIST CSF.


Provide matrix-style report that addresses all 108 NIST control statements and identifies high, medium, or low risk levels—so you’ll know what to address within the short- and long-term.


Address remediation based to better align each control statement where gaps exist, along with a management response column to document actions and due dates to address findings.

NIST Cybersecurity Audits & Risk Assessments

Who We Serve

While the NIST CSF is intended for industries deemed critical infrastructure—services and providers depended on by the majority of US citizens—commercial entities across a range of sectors that don’t serve the US government also seek CSF assessments to gauge their cybersecurity controls and overall posture, including:

  • Power and utilities
  • Health care
  • Telecommunications
  • Government services
  • Life sciences
  • Not-for-profit organizations

Additionally, private businesses or public entities of any kind looking to enhance their cybersecurity could benefit from following the NIST CSF.

Expansive Audits and Risk Assessments Experience

Deeply immersed in more than 30 industries, our professionals provide cybersecurity solutions specific to the nuanced risks, challenges, and operations of the sector in which you work—with plans customized to meet your organization’s unique needs.

We view challenges from the perspective of business leaders as well as IT staff as our professionals have first-hand IT operations experience, combined with experience in the audit, tax, and consulting spaces—and we’ve consistently conducted NIST CSF assessments since its introduction in 2013.

Prior to its introduction, we assessed organizations against other NIST SP 800 series standards such as the NIST SP 800-53, NIST SP 800-66, and NIST Risk Management Framework.

Additionally, our one-firm approach can provide access to comprehensive support and insight in other key areas that may bolster your organization to develop foundations for long-term success.


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