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IBM aid enterprises to make use of novel Cybersecurity framework

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ARMONK, USA: IBM today pronounced a novel service offering to assist critical infrastructure organizations make use of a new-fangled Cybersecurity Framework declared this week by the Administration at the White House.

The new Cybersecurity Framework is the product of a year-long collaboration between the U.S. government and industry, synchronized and run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The aim of the Framework is to aid organizations assess and manage cybersecurity risk with respect to key categories and functions, powering existing best practices. Today’s factories, power facilities and other physical assets are increasingly interconnected, making the Framework strategically important to the security of today’s enterprises and the infrastructure they depend upon.

Rather than dictate specific technologies, measures or outcomes, the framework institutes a common language for organizations to evaluate their cybersecurity posture and to identify and line up opportunities to improve it. For the reason that- the Framework is designed to be adaptable to organizations of different types and sizes, it can be customized to an individual organization depending on its risk profile, resources, and needs.

The IBM Industrial Controls Cybersecurity Consulting service is intended to help companies apply the Framework to baseline and develop their security maturity, prioritize security investments and resources, as well as protect themselves from cyber risks to infrastructure and elements necessary for critical operations and networks.

IBM security consultants will educate clients on details and mechanics of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and perform an all-inclusive assessment of a client’s security maturity relative to the guidelines, best practices and international standards referenced in the Framework.

Clients receive recommendations for improvements as well as a roadmap for improving capabilities and reducing risk.

“Cyber threats are not limited to select industries such as financial services and retail companies. There is a growing need to apply advanced security to our increasingly interconnected critical infrastructure like power facilities, electrical grids, industrial manufacturing operations and others,” held Kris Lovejoy, general manager of IBM Security Services.

Volumnising further that – “If organizations take the steps outlined in the Framework, they’ll be better positioned to protect themselves and their practices. IBM can help its clients adopt these best practices now – and to distinguish themselves as an industry leader in security.”

The industries that are most dependent on the nation’s infrastructure also happen to be the most attacked. IBM’s own analysis, based on findings in the most recent IBM Cyber Security Intelligence Index, security intelligence analysis generated from IBM’s global security monitoring operation in excess of 4000 clients. Data from the report demonstrates that infrastructure-dependent industries are among the most targeted by cyber attackers.


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