ComplianceForge cybersecurity documentation

Where Do I Start?

There is a lot of information on the ComplianceForge website. We publish a considerable amount of guidance documents to help our clients identify what is most appropriate for them.  

From a "start here" perspective, baselining your level of understanding is critical so that you can make "apples to apples" comparisons from an objective perspective:

  1. NIST CSF vs ISO 27001 / 27002 vs NIST 800-53 vs NIST 800-171 vs SCF. Understand the differences between NIST CSF, ISO 27001/27002, NIST 800-53, NIST 800-171 and the Secure Controls Framework. We put together a useful guide on that topic.
  2. Policies vs Standards vs Procedures. Gain an insight into the differences between policies, standards, controls, procedures and other documentation components. The Hierarchical Cybersecurity Governance Framework (HCGF) puts those concepts into a "swim lane" diagram to make it easy to understand the relationships and the authoritative definitions from sources like ISO, NIST, ISACA and AICPA.
  3. Statutory vs Regulatory vs Contractual Obligations. Prioritize your "must have" vs "nice to have" requirements by understanding statutory, regulatory and contractual compliance.
  4. Strategic vs Operational vs Tactical. From a scoping perspective, understand strategic vs operational vs tactical considerations.
  5. Threats vs Vulnerabilities vs Risks. Understand the differences between threats, vulnerabilities and risks to appreciate how controls are central to your cybersecurity program.

Defense Contractors-Specific Guidance

We recognize that the US Defense Industrial Base (DIB) has a lot of unique cybersecurity challenges. Therefore, we put together some helpful information that is specific to the DIB:

  1. NIST 800-171 Compliance - Where Do I Start?
  2. What Is Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)?
  3. ITAR vs EAR vs FAR vs DFARS (CUI & CMMC)

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    Digital Security Program (DSP)


    Enterprise-Class, Hybrid Framework For Cybersecurity & Privacy What Is The Digital Security Program (DSP)? The DSP is an enterprise-class solution for cybersecurity & privacy documentation consisting of thirty-three (33) domains that defines a...

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  • NIST 800-171 Compliance Program (NCP). This is a bundle of products that are specific to NIST 800-171 and CMMC 2.0 compliance - policies, standards, procedures, SSP & POA&M templates. Editable CMMC 2.0 Level 2 (old Level 3) policies, standards, procedures, SSP & POA&M templates.

    NIST 800-171 Compliance Program (NCP): CMMC Level 2


      UPDATED FOR CMMC 2.0   NIST SP 800-171 & CMMC "Easy Button" Solution - Editable & Affordable Cybersecurity Documentation What Is The NIST 800-171 Compliance Program (NCP)? The NCP is a compilation of editable Microsoft...

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