What is NIST?

NIST (National Institutes of Standards and Technology) Definition

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) develops cybersecurity standards, guidelines, best practices, and other resources to meet the needs of U.S. industry, federal agencies, and the broader public. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework provides guidance and standards for how organizations secure their critical data to manage and address cybersecurity and privacy risks. The framework is also intended to help organizations comply with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA). The NIST cybersecurity standards address companies, vendors, or organizations that contract with the Department of Defense (DoD). Because these organizations deal with highly sensitive data, their cybersecurity measures must meet the standards outlined by NIST 800-171.

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