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NIST Cybersecurity Framework

NIST Cybersecurity Framework

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NIST Cybersecurity Framework for DoD Contractors | Improve your Cybersecurity Posture

Arlington offers proven solutions for helping federal contractors build their very own cybersecurity program in accordance with the well-respected and widely-known NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Considered by many as the gold standard for building a cybersecurity program, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework includes – among other things – five essential “Functions” – Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, Recover.

When considered together, these “Functions” provide a high-level, strategic view of the lifecycle of an organization’s management of cybersecurity risk. In the end, these five “Functions” serve as the basis for developing the roadmap and the overall architecture of an organization’s comprehensive cybersecurity program.

NIST Cybersecurity for DoD Contractors

As a DoD contractor, if you want to develop a true Cybersecurity Program, this is where the rubber meets the road as the five “Functions” represented within the NIST Framework CORE will get you there. By designing, documenting, and implementing policies, procedures, and processes, you’ve effectively covered all the necessary requirements and best practices for developing a top-notch, comprehensive cybersecurity program, no question about it – and Arlington can help.

Why NIST for Cybersecurity?

Whatever the industry/business sector – healthcare, financial services, energy, manufacturing, defense, and more – and regardless of your size or location – following the proven roadmap of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework will put you on the path to developing your very own cybersecurity program. What’s more, many of the policies, procedures, and programs put in place will help suffice for a large number of today’s regulatory compliance reporting requirements. That’s a WIN-WIN scenario!

Look at the NIST Cybersecurity Framework as offering a flexible way to address cybersecurity for any type of organization. Whatever one’s cybersecurity focus is, from information technology (IT) to industrial control systems (ICS), cyber-physical systems (CPS), the Internet of Things (IoT), and more, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework is a flexible, adaptable, and customizable approach to addressing cybersecurity.

While the NIST Cybersecurity Framework was developed to improve cybersecurity risks relating to critical infrastructure, it has quickly become the default accepted roadmap for developing a cybersecurity program for any organization, regardless of industry, sector, location, or size.

A Proven Process from Beginning to End for Cybersecurity

Arlington’s process for developing a cybersecurity program in accordance with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework involves assessing organizations against the following five core “Functions”:

Why Arlington for NIST Cybersecurity?

  • North American Leader in NIST Cybersecurity Framework implementation.
  • Efficient, yet comprehensive process from beginning to end.
  • Fixed-fee pricing for DoD contractors.
  • Cyber Compliance Programs.

Industry Leading Cybersecurity Program

  • When it comes to developing a proven, industry leading cybersecurity program for DoD contractors, look no further than the well-known and highly regarded NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

Why Arlington?

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Develop an organizational understanding for managing cybersecurity risk regarding systems, people, assets, data, and capabilities. The activities in the Identify Function are foundational for effective use of the Framework. Understanding the business context, the resources that support critical functions, and the related cybersecurity risks enables an organization to focus and prioritize its efforts, consistent with its risk management strategy and business needs.


Develop and implement appropriate safeguards to ensure delivery of critical services. The Protect Function supports the ability to limit or contain the impact of a potential cybersecurity event.


Develop and implement appropriate activities to identify the occurrence of a cybersecurity event. The Detect Function enables timely discovery of cybersecurity events.


Develop and implement appropriate activities to take action regarding a detected cybersecurity incident. The Respond Function supports the ability to contain the impact of a potential cybersecurity incident.


Develop and implement appropriate activities to maintain plans for resilience and to restore any capabilities or services that were impaired due to a cybersecurity incident. The Recover Function supports timely recovery to normal operations to reduce the impact from a cybersecurity incident.