NIST compliance strengthens an organization’s security posture, improving resiliency in the event of a successful breach. NIST ensures a more secure infrastructure for your organization. With a strengthened infrastructure, it is more difficult for cyber threats to penetrate and disturb the day-to-day operations of various teams and individuals.
An organization with stronger infrastructure is more resilient to successful attacks. Not only does it have the tools to limit the spread of attacks, but the various employees and executives also likely have a better understanding of how the tools impact cybersecurity. This enables greater cooperation around security issues.
Following NIST guidelines helps businesses keep their systems protected from breaches that offer the added bonus of ensuring compliance with other mandatory regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).
For businesses that deal with the U.S. government, NIST compliance is especially important. It opens the way for government contracts that would otherwise be out of reach. Even small companies, when NIST-compliant, can offer a safer business environment that avails them of potentially lucrative deals with the government.
The benefits of NIST extend to both government and private sector businesses, including:
- Protecting critical infrastructure from malicious attacks and human negligence
- Reducing the risk of business disruption due to a data breach
- Qualifying businesses to work with the government
- Increasing competitive advantage
- Supporting IT teams and helping them handle new sources of risk
- Safeguarding confidential information and protecting national security