NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released a new Preliminary Draft report, NIST Interagency or Internal Report (NISTIR) 8374, Cybersecurity Framework Profile for Ransomware Risk Management.
Ransomware is a type of malicious attack where attackers encrypt an organization’s data and demand payment to restore access. In some instances, attackers may also steal an organization’s information and demand additional payment in return for not disclosing the information to authorities, competitors, or the public. Ransomware can disrupt or halt organizations’ operations. This report defines a Ransomware Profile, which identifies security objectives from the NIST Cybersecurity Framework that support preventing, responding to, and recovering from ransomware events. The profile can be used as a guide to managing the risk of ransomware events. That includes helping to gauge an organization's level of readiness to mitigate ransomware threats and to react to the potential impact of events.
The public comment period for this draft is open through July 9, 2021. See the publication details for a copy of the draft and instructions for submitting comments. You can also contact us at ransomware [at] nist.gov.
NOTE: NIST is adopting an agile and iterative methodology to publish this content, making it available as soon as possible, rather than delaying its release until all the elements are completed. NISTIR 8374 will have at least one additional public comment period before final publication.