Cyber Gut Check

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Cyber Resilience and Defense

As Cyber Threats continue to grow in volume and complexity, organizations face an evolving challenge to defend their environments. Our Cyber Gut Check is a fast and free assessment that uses the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) to identify areas of cyber resilience, and potential enhancements to help you stay secure.

After our free two-hour workshop with your team, we will use the NIST CSF to estimate your cyber maturity and ability to defend against today’s top threats. We will also provide a list of targeted remediation steps to give you a roadmap to better secure your environment. 


  1. Defend Against Today’s Most Common (And Costly) Attacks: Know that you are speding your money and time on things that will actually make you more secure.
  2. Address Your Cyber Blind Spots: Highlight gaps or areas that you may not have considered, but will see working across industries. 
  3. Simplify Compliance Obiligations: Streamline a path to comply with standards such as PCI, HIPAA, CMMC, or SOC2.
  4. Gain a Competitive Advantage: Cybersecurity is top of mind for many customers, so having a plan to address customer concerns will give you a leg up on your competition.
  5. Cyber Insurance Benefits: Your risk will never be zero, so many companies are using Cyber Insurance to mitigate their risk. A robust cyber program can get you better rates (or help you get coverage in the first place!)

It’s important to note that building and maintaining a mature Cyber Program can be a challenging and resource-intensive process, but luckily, we’re here to help! Companies need to assess their specific needs and the benefits of any solution before spending time and money to deploy Our free gut check can be the first step in that analyis!


We review the 5 functions identified in the NIST CSF with you during your workshop. These functions serve as high-level categories to help organizations identify, assess, and improve their cybersecurity posture. Each of these functions consists of various categories, subcategories, and associated activities. 

cyber gut check functions

Here’s an overview of the five functions and what’s involved in meeting them:

  1. Identify:

    1. Asset Management: Identify and manage all hardware, software, data and personnel within your organization’s systems and networks
    2. Business Environment: Understand your organization’s business context, including its mission, objectives, and key stakeholders.
    3. Governance: Establish and maintain cybersecurity governance, policies, procedures, and risk management processes.
    4. Risk Assessment: Identify and assess cybersecurity risks, considering potential impacts and likelihood.
    5. Risk Management Strategy: Develop and implement a risk management strategy tailored to your organization’s needs and risk tolerance.
  2. Protect
    1. Access Control: Limit access to systems and data based on user roles and responsibilities.
    2. Awareness and Training: Provide cybersecurity awareness training and ensure employees are informed about security policies and procedures.
    3. Data Security: Protect data through encryption, access controls, and data handling policies. 
    4. Information Protection Processes and Procedures: Develop and maintain security policies, procedures, and processes to safeguard information.
    5. Maintenance: Ensure the secure maintenance and monitoring of systesm and data.
    6. Protective Technology: Implement security technologies and solutions to protect agains cybersecurity threats.
  3. Detect
    1. Anomalies and Events: Continuosly monitor systems and networks for signs fo unsual or suspicious activities. 
    2. Security Continous Monitoring: Implement ongoing monitoring and detection processes to identify and respond to cybersecurity events.
    3. Detection Processes: Develop and maintain detection capabilities and processes to identify and respond to incidents.
    4. Detection Measures: Establish measures to facilitate timely detection of cybersecurity incidents.
  4. Respond
    1. Response Planning: Develop and maintain an incident response plan to guide actions during a cybersecurity incident.
    2. Communications: Establish a communication plan to coordinate incident response efforts both internally and externally.
    3. Analysis: Conduct an analysis of incidents to understand their impact and to improve response capabilities.
    4. Mitigation: Take steps to contain and mitigate the impact of cybersecurity incidents.
    5. Improvements: Identify lessons learned and make improvements to incident response processes.
  5. Recover
    1. Recovery Planning: Develop and maintain a recovery plan that outlines how to restore systems, services, and data following an incident.
    2. Improvements: Identify lessons learned and make improvements to recovery processes.
    3. Communications: Establish a plan for communicating with stakeholders during the recovery process. 
    4. Recovery and Restoration: Execute recovery and restoration activities to bring sytems and services back to normal operations.

Meeting the five functions of the NIST CSF involves not only implementing these categories and subcategories but also tailoring them to your organization’s specific needs and risks. It also includes continous monitoring, assessment, and improvement of your cybersecurity practices to adapt to evolving threats and vulnerabilities. The NIST CSF is a flexible framework designed to help organizations of all sizes and industries enhance their cybersecurity resilience.

Ready to get started? We offer a complimentary analysis called Cyber Gut Check. It is meant to be a quick, high-level review of your security program that gives you some thoughts on how and where you can help priortize your time and resources towards meeting your security initiatives.