Visit complete Cyber Security roadmap

← Back to Topics List


Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) Summary

The Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) is a set of guidelines aimed at helping organizations better protect their critical infrastructure from cyber threats. Developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), this voluntary framework provides a flexible, risk-based approach to managing cybersecurity risks.

Key Components of CSF

CSF comprises three key components:

  • Core - Consists of five functions, each representing a high-level cybersecurity activity:

    • Identify: Understand the organization’s cybersecurity risks.
    • Protect: Implement safeguards to protect the critical infrastructure.
    • Detect: Identify the occurrence of a potential cybersecurity event.
    • Respond: Develop and implement appropriate actions to address detected cybersecurity events.
    • Recover: Implement plans to restore systems and services after a cybersecurity incident.
  • Tiers - Provide context for organizations to consider the robustness of their cybersecurity program:

    • Tier 1: Partial – Minimal cybersecurity risk management practices.
    • Tier 2: Risk Informed – Risk management practices in place, but not consistently applied.
    • Tier 3: Repeatable – Risk management practices are consistent across the organization.
    • Tier 4: Adaptive – Proactive approach to managing cybersecurity risks.
  • Profiles - Organizations create profiles to align their cybersecurity activities with their organizational goals, risk tolerance, and resources. A target profile represents desired outcomes, whereas a current profile reflects the current state of cybersecurity programs.

Benefits of Implementing CSF

  • Enhanced understanding of cybersecurity risks and corresponding management strategies within an organization.
  • Improved ability to prioritize cybersecurity investments based on risk assessments.
  • Strengthened communication between different departments and stakeholders regarding cybersecurity expectations and progress.
  • Compliance with industry standards and guidelines, including support for organizations subject to regulatory requirements.

CSF offers organizations a structured approach to improving their cybersecurity posture. By following this framework, organizations can manage their cybersecurity risks more effectively, create a stronger defense against cyberattacks, and maintain the resilience of their critical infrastructure.

Found any mistakes? Help us improve by updating the file here..

Community is the 6th most starred project on GitHub and is visited by hundreds of thousands of developers every month.

Roadmaps Best Practices Guides Videos Store YouTube by Kamran Ahmed

Community created roadmaps, articles, resources and journeys to help you choose your path and grow in your career.

© · FAQs · Terms · Privacy


The leading DevOps resource for Kubernetes, cloud-native computing, and the latest in at-scale development, deployment, and management.