April 10, 2024

Build38’s approach to NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0

NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0


Build38’s approach to NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently unveiled the much-anticipated 2.0 release of its Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), marking a significant milestone in the ongoing battle against cyber threats. This comprehensive update represents a transformative approach to bolstering cybersecurity resilience across industries, emphasising governance, supply chain security, and adaptability to emerging threats.

In this article, we will explore the key differences between NIST Cybersecurity Framework 1.0 and its latest release. We will also look into the role of APIs in contemporary digital operations and how Build38’s solutions can mitigate associated risks.

NIST 1.0 vs. NIST 2.0: Evolution of Cybersecurity Resilience

The transition from NIST Framework Version 1 to Version 2 implies a significant evolution in cybersecurity resilience, marked by several noteworthy enhancements:

CSF 2.0 Reference Tool: Central to NIST 2.0 is the CSF 2.0 Reference Tool, a groundbreaking platform facilitating interactive engagement with the framework. This tool enables organisations to tailor cybersecurity strategies to their specific operational landscapes by providing customizable access to core components.

Expanded Scope:While the original NIST CSF primarily targeted critical infrastructure sectors, such as energy, banking and healthcare, NIST CSF 2.0 expands its guidance to organisations of all sizes and industries, ensuring broader applicability and relevance.

Enhanced Clarity and Usability: NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 offers clearer and more interpretable guidance, enhancing accessibility for a wider range of users seeking to implement the framework effectively.

New Focus on Emerging Threats: Responding to the evolving threat landscape, NIST CSF 2.0 addresses contemporary cybersecurity challenges and technological advancements. This includes an increased emphasis on cloud security, supply chain risks, and threats associated with artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and identity-based vulnerabilities.

Expanded Functions: Version 2.0 introduces a new “Govern” function, augmenting the core framework to a total of six functions. This addition enhances the operationalization of risk management and decision-making processes, thereby improving the overall effectiveness of NIST CSF.

Emphasis on Continuous Evolution: A key aspect of NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 is its focus on continuous evolution. Recognizing the perpetual changes in the cyber threat landscape, the framework advocates for a proactive approach to cybersecurity, urging organisations to regularly review and update their practices to stay ahead of potential threats.

Integration of Privacy and Cybersecurity: The revised framework recognizes the interconnected nature of cybersecurity and privacy, incorporating privacy considerations to ensure a comprehensive approach to information security centered around data and access.

Focus on Resilience: NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 emphasises the importance of developing cyber-resilient systems that not only prevent attacks but also ensure rapid recovery from security incidents. This forward-thinking approach underscores the necessity for organisations to anticipate future challenges and offers guidance across the full attack lifecycle, from detection and incident response to recovery.

Back in October our team outlined in detail each one of the main areas in NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 in a comprehensive article about the new release, emphasising on the importance of the new “Govern” function.

Managing Risks with Build38’s Solutions

Build38 exemplifies a dedicated commitment to implementing the principles outlined in NIST’s framework, specially in the identify, protect, detect and respond pillars. Here is a summary of how Build38’s Mobile Application solution aligns with these three pillars of Nist’s framework:

NIST security framework 2.0
Identify Pillar: Build38 embraces a holistic strategy centred on shared responsibility. Through close collaboration with clients, Build38’s technical proficiency becomes evident as it aids organisations in pinpointing crucial assets and recognizing potential risks.

Protect Pillar: Build38 uses a multifaceted technical strategy to strengthen Mobile Application security. This strategy encompasses various layers of protection, integrating runtime checks and static analysis, which collaborate to efficiently identify and address threats.

Detect Pillar: Recognizing the importance of real-time security for mobile applications, Build38 adopts a proactive technical strategy that places a strong emphasis on continuous monitoring and vigilant anomaly detection. This approach ensures that potential threats are promptly identified as they emerge, allowing for swift response and mitigation measures. Of equal significance is Build38’s seamless transmission of these detected anomalies to backend systems, facilitating in-depth analysis and insights into security incidents.

Respond Pillar: APIs empower our clients’ backend development team to integrate complete control over the security management of Mobile Apps into the backend system, seamlessly incorporating Mobile App detection and response as another server-side application feature.

Build38’s REST API is meticulously designed to enable seamless integration into clients’ existing business processes. This API empowers organisations to leverage Build38’s advanced security capabilities for comprehensive threat detection and response, further enhancing their cybersecurity resilience in today’s dynamic threat landscape.

Security threats: Build38’s solution, employing Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP), mitigates client-side attacks, bolstering API security.

Data Risks: By hardening cryptographic protection through mutual TLS authentication for REST APIs, Build38 enhances data security within Mobile Applications.

Recover Pillar: Build38 acknowledges that the primary focus should not be on recovering from incidents but on preventing them altogether. By prioritising data protection and prompt measures to safeguard user data, Build38 aids businesses in upholding a strong security stance while maintaining customer trust and confidence.

Governance Challenges: Inconsistent API standards across internal teams can create security weaknesses. Build38’s Threat Intelligence APIs act as Extended Detection and Response (XDR), securing API access and enhancing the overall security posture.

To conclude

In conclusion, the release of NIST CSF 2.0 signifies a significant step forward in enhancing cybersecurity resilience across organisations. The transition from NIST Framework Version 1 to Version 2 signifies more than just an update—it represents an evolution towards a more accessible and implementable cybersecurity framework for organisations of all sizes and sectors.

By embracing the framework’s updated guidance and leveraging solutions like Build38’s comprehensive API security approach, businesses can be prepared against evolving cyber threats, safeguard sensitive data, and ensure the integrity of their digital operations in an increasingly interconnected world.

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