NIST CSF 2.0 Updates

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) introduced Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) in 2014 as a voluntary framework primarily intended for critical infrastructure organizations to manage and mitigate cybersecurity risk based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices. However, its adoption has spread across various sectors due to its flexibility and effectiveness. The release of NIST…

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Bright Defense – Your Drata Partner

Introduction At Bright Defense, our mission is to defend the world from cybersecurity threats through continuous compliance. Our monthly engagement model delivers a cybersecurity program that meets compliance frameworks, including SOC 2, HIPAA, ISO 27001, and CMMC. Drata’s compliance automation platform is at the heart of our continuous compliance service model. As a Drata partner…

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FTC Safeguards Rule Updates Affecting Small Businesses in 2024

Introduction Welcome to our deep dive into the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Safeguards Rule, a cornerstone regulation that plays a pivotal role in the security of consumer data. In this era of digital transformation, safeguarding sensitive information has never been more critical. As CPAs who handle vast amounts of consumer data, understanding and implementing the…

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SOC 2 vs. NIST: Choosing the Right Compliance Framework for You

SOC 2 vs. NIST compliance

Introduction: SOC 2 vs. NIST Choosing the right compliance framework for your business can be complicated. SOC 2 vs. NIST is a common framework comparison. Both frameworks aim to protect your data, but they take different routes. SOC 2 is focused on trust and security in handling customer data, especially for service organizations. On the…

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CMMC Controls for SMB Owners: A Guide to the 14 Controls

Introduction: Grasping CMMC’s Role in Your Organization As The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) approaches the final stages of the rule making process, many SMB owners are still unsure of what to do and what CMMC controls need to be implemented. CMMC sets comprehensive standards that you, as a defense contractor, must follow to protect…

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The Benefits of a NIST 800-171 Compliance Consultant

NIST 800 171 consultant

For organizations that handle sensitive information, regulatory compliance is not just a best practice—it’s a necessity. Achieving compliance with NIST 800-171, a comprehensive framework designed to safeguard Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), can be complex and daunting. This is where a NIST 800-171 compliance consultant becomes an invaluable partner on your compliance journey. At Bright Defense,…

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CMMC Enclave for SMB Compliance

For organizations that manage sensitive government data, establishing a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) enclave for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is of paramount importance. This article delves into the nature and significance of a CMMC or CUI enclave, along with methods for its effective setup. This approach is especially beneficial for Small and Medium Businesses…

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Decoding Federal Cybersecurity: A Comparative Guide to FedRAMP vs CMMC Compliance

FedRAMP vs CMMC Guide

Introduction to FedRAMP and CMMC Two critical cybersecurity-focused frameworks, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), have emerged as essential standards for organizations working with the Federal government. While they share the common goal of strengthening cybersecurity defenses, they differ in focus, scope, and application. This blog…

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NIST 800-171 Compliance for Small Business

NIST 800-171 compliance for small business

Introduction Due to expanding regulations and growing risks, compliance is an increasingly important topic for small businesses. According to Accenture, 43% of all cyber attacks in 2023 targeted small businesses. If your organization handles sensitive data or does business with federal government agencies, you may consider the NIST 800-171 compliance framework to improve your security posture…

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CMMC for Small Business

CMMC for small business

Cybersecurity is a critical concern for businesses of all sizes. If your small business works with the US Department of Defense (DoD), your cybersecurity posture has national security implications. The DoD introduced the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) as a framework for enhancing cybersecurity practices for organizations working with them. This article explores CMMC for…

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