NIST CSF program Audit Checklist

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Overview

The NIST CSF program Audit Checklist is a simplified checklist to follow and move forward to be audit ready. You can download this checklist at the end of this article.

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NIST CSF Audit Checklist

NIST CSF CHECKLIST

1 – SCOPE
☐ Identify the people, processes, and technology that support your business
2 – GAP ANALYSIS
☐ Identify your current documentation posture

       ☐ Have you specified and properly documented the activities and procedures that make up your organization’s control environment?

       ☐ Do you review documents on a regular basis to make sure they are up to date and accurate?

☐ Identify your current control environment posture

       ☐ What is the organization’s governance structure?

       ☐ What is the executive leadership and management tone and example?

       ☐ Have you designed and implemented hiring and exit procedures?

       ☐ How are personnel who are implementing or directing internal controls evaluated for competency?

       ☐ Are possible threats being identified?

       ☐ Have you put any mitigating plans in place?

       ☐ Do you have a protocol for dealing with incidents and a disaster recovery plan in place?

       ☐ What kind of management supervision and governance do you have in place to control the environment and report events, security problems, and fraud?

☐ Identify your current security environment posture

       ☐ Do you have access limited to positions that need it, with the appropriateness of the access given being reviewed on a regular basis?

       ☐ Do you have policies in place for giving and taking away access from workers, customers, and other parties?

       ☐ Do you encrypt data while it’s in transit and while it’s at rest?

       ☐ Do you impose restrictions on administrative access to the technological stack?

☐ Identify your current risk mitigation environment posture

       ☐ Have you conducted vulnerability assessments or penetration testing on a regular basis to detect weaknesses in your environment?

       ☐ Do you have backup processes in place?

       ☐ Do you test your disaster recovery procedures on a yearly basis to guarantee that you can restart operations in case of a calamity?

       ☐ Do you regularly check for intrusion attempts, system performance, and availability?

☐ Identify your current system changes environment posture

       ☐ Are system modifications tested and authorized before they are implemented?

       ☐ Do you inform your employees about system changes?

       ☐ Are your controls being monitored on a regular basis?

       ☐ Have you enabled notification of settings changes?

       ☐ Is your technology up to date in terms of upgrades?

       ☐ Do you have a system in place for separating development and production tasks?

☐ Identify your current posture in a remote working environment.

       ☐ Is technology being used uniformly across all employee locations?

       ☐ Do you provide staff with regular security awareness training, address data privacy in common spaces, use secure connections while working from home, and raise awareness of phishing attempts?

       ☐ Do you use multifactor authentication to get into your organization’s network and other systems?

       ☐ Have you deployed mobile device management to make sure that mobile devices are encrypted and authenticated?

3 – PLANS OF ACTIONS AND MILESTONES (POAMs)
☐ Document your POAMs based on your gap assessment
4 – CONTROL IMPLEMENTATION
☐ Design the controls to address your gaps

☐ Implement controls to address your gaps

☐ Test the controls to ensure that they are operating effectively.

5 – SELF– ATTEST READY
☐ Identify the internal auditor

☐ Initiate kickoff to set expectations

☐ Grant them access to TrustCloud

☐ Self-Attest via TrustCloud

6 – MAINTENANCE
☐ Maintain the program to show continuous compliance via TC integrations

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