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Navigating the New NIST Training Guidelines: What You Need to Know

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October 27, 2023
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Hello, everyone! Today, we're zeroing in on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 Public Draft, but we're focusing exclusively on its training requirements. If you're thinking, "They just shuffled a few words, big deal," you'd be missing the point. In the world of cybersecurity training, language is everything.

In this post, we're going to break down what's changed, what hasn't, and why every word matters for your organization's cybersecurity training approach.

Before and After: A Comparison

Here are the specific changes in the training requirements as outlined in PR.AT-01 and PR.AT-02:

Old Version

PR.AT-01: Users are provided awareness and training so they possess the knowledge and skills to perform general tasks with security risks in mind.

PR.AT-02: Individuals in specialized roles are provided awareness and training so they possess the knowledge and skills to perform relevant tasks with security risks in mind.

New Version

PR.AT-01: Users are trained to perform general tasks with security risks in mind.

PR.AT-02: Individuals in specialized roles are provided specialized training to perform relevant tasks with security risks in mind.

Notice anything? The language is clearer and more to the point, cutting out room for misinterpretation. Is this revolutionary? No, but it streamlines the guidelines, making them easier to follow and implement. In cybersecurity, precision is non-negotiable.

Role-Based Training: Why It’s Still Ignored

The reason role-based training often gets ignored isn't because organizations don't find it valuable. It's that many vendors have failed to provide a seamless way to deploy and manage it. And let's not even talk about the lack of role-specific content in their libraries. The new NIST proposal doesn't just provide clearer guidelines; it highlights the gaps in the market where most vendors are failing to meet needs.

This is where PhishFirewall steps in, offering an innovative, easy-to-implement solution for role-based training that fills the gaps left by traditional vendors.

In summary, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 Public Draft serves as a mirror reflecting both the advancements and shortcomings of the cybersecurity training industry. While the proposed changes are subtle, they are a step in the right direction toward eliminating ambiguity and pushing for more targeted, role-based training.

If your organization is struggling to implement a role-based training program effectively, PhishFirewall can be your game-changer. With our innovative solutions, we go beyond the one-size-fits-all approach, providing you with the tools to train each individual according to their specific role.

Don't just adapt to the new guidelines—exceed them. Your organization's cybersecurity is only as strong as its weakest link. Make sure every link is fortified.

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