What is NIST?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is the United State's equivalent of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Originally, NIST 800-53 only applied to Government entities, but the latest revision of NIST 800-53 (revision 5) extends the framework to non-U.S Government.

This revised version accommodates the unification of different security controls to facilitate the integration of multiple cybersecurity frameworks.

Key takeaways

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    All federal entities and their contractors must comply with NIST 800-53.
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    The NIST framework is free.
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    Because the NIST framework maps to multiple standards, it can be implemented by any industry.
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