As modern businesses become increasingly reliant on the Internet and the cloud as the quickest and most efficient means of conducting business, cybercriminals do their best to stay a step or two ahead. Hackers never rest when it comes to finding inventive and damaging—or even potentially devastating—ways of taking advantage of business owners’ and consumers’ honest and trust-based communications and transactions.

Today’s CIOs manage a complex computing infrastructure while also working with business associates like cloud providers, supervising their IT team and ensuring that each employee’s and executive’s individual computing system is running smoothly each day. Perhaps above all, the CIO needs to work just as hard as the cunning and relentless cybercriminals who want to infiltrate their organization’s system.

By adopting and carrying out regularly scheduled Cybersecurity Assessments, you can face your risk-loaded cybersecurity landscape head-on. Cybersecurity Assessments allow you to understand your business’s cybersecurity risk, as well as your ability to effectively respond to that risk, to develop ways to continually improve cybersecurity for your organization.


I.S. Partners, LLC. provides Cybersecurity Assessments that are based on a set of standards, best practices and recommendations that improve cybersecurity at the organizational level. We modeled our approach on the guidelines set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), which is broken down into three primary components:

1. Core

The core component consists of a set of activities intended to predict and achieve specific cybersecurity outcomes. Within the core, there are four elements, which are:

  1. Functions.
  2. The core’s five functions can help you organize your cybersecurity efforts. These functions are: identify, protect, detect, respond and recover, and they serve as your basic incident management steps.

  3. Categories.
  4. Within each function, you will find categories to correspond with and manage each functions, such as regular software updates and anti-malware functions.

  5. Subcategories.
  6. Subcategories further break down categories, which means regular software updates might include ensuring that Windows or iOS updates are installed and configured properly.

  7. Informative References.
  8. Informative references are crucial. These are any sort of documentation, steps for installation or execution, standards and best practices, and any other guidelines pursuant to your system.

2. Implementation Tiers

There are four implementation tiers that can help determine a computing system’s cybersecurity maturity level, which are:

  1. Partial Implementation.
  2. These organizations approach cybersecurity with limited awareness of cyber-related risks and tend to have a reactive approach to cybersecurity measures.

  3. Risk Informed.
  4. There is a greater awareness of risks in these organizations, but the planning and implementation of solutions is still not completely formed. These businesses are still more reactive than proactive.

  5. Repeatable.
  6. In this case, organizations have implemented CSF standards across the board, and the IT team can repeatedly respond to crises, thanks to consistently applied policies and informed employees.

  7. Adaptive.
  8. These companies have completely adopted and implemented the CSF. Here, IT teams do not merely respond to threats; these cybersecurity teams work at a proactive level to detect threats and predict issues by monitoring current trends in the industry and staying on top of their own system’s infrastructure.

3. Profiles

Profiles combine an outline of your current cybersecurity status and the path toward achieving your CSF goals. NIST recommends maintaining multiple profiles—both for your current and goal statuses, at least—to help find weak spots in cybersecurity implementations and to help give you a better roadmap toward moving up through the tiers for the most proactive approach to cybersecurity possible.


I.S. Partners, LLC. will assist you in developing a streamlined and effective approach to Cybersecurity Assessments that will help you improve your placement within the implementation tiers until your organization is always set to proactive.

Additional benefits that our Cybersecurity Assessment teams’ services provide include:

  • Effective communication and collaboration between all relevant parties
  • Consistent regulatory compliance and demonstration of due care
  • Better use of cybersecurity budget as a proactive measure than reactive measure
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