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NIST CSF 2.0 Updates on Backup and Recovery


CEO and co-founder @acsense

Muli Motola

Co-founder and CEO

NIST CSF 2.0 —Best Practices for Enhanced Data Security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF 2.0) provides comprehensive updates to enhance organizational cybersecurity strategies, especially in the realms of backup and recovery. This overview will delve into the updated provisions and explore essential practices that fortify data resilience and recovery capabilities.


NIST CSF 2.0: Strengthening Backup and Recovery

The revisions in NIST CSF 2.0 underscore the critical role of robust backup and recovery processes.

Key areas include the creation, protection, maintenance, and testing of backups, as well as the verification of restoration assets before their deployment. These components are crucial for ensuring that organizations can quickly recover operational functionality after a cybersecurity incident.


**1. Enhanced Data Backup Integrity (PR.DS-11)

PR.DS-11 emphasizes the importance of comprehensive backup strategies.

This involves:


  • Creating systematic backups that encompass all critical data.
  • Protecting backups to prevent unauthorized access and corruption.
  • Maintaining backups through regular updates and strict adherence to data policies.
  • Testing backups to confirm their effectiveness in actual recovery scenarios.

This multifaceted approach ensures that backups are robust, current, and capable of supporting continuity when most needed.


**2. Verification of Restoration Assets (RC.RP-03)

The integrity of backups and restoration assets is paramount, as outlined in RC.RP-03.
Before using these assets for recovery, their integrity must be verified to prevent the restoration of corrupted or compromised data.

Practices include:


  • Routine Integrity Checks: Ensuring data and software are free from tampering and corruption.
  • Secure Storage Solutions: Utilizing encryption and strict access controls.
  • Regular Audits: Assessing compliance with security policies and operational requirements to uphold standards.


Beyond Secured Backups

From an Acsense perspective, and as a general best practice, merely securing backups is not sufficient.

For true resilience, backups should be:


  • Immutable: Once created, backups should not be alterable or deletable, preventing ransomware attacks from encrypting or corrupting the data.
  • Air-gapped: Backups should be isolated from the network, ensuring they are protected from online threats.
  • Secured: Robust encryption and stringent access controls must safeguard backup data.
  • Recoverable: Regular testing should be conducted to ensure that data can be quickly and effectively restored from backups.

These practices ensure that an organization’s backup strategy is not just a checkbox in compliance but a robust, actionable plan that enhances the overall cybersecurity posture.


Enhance IAM Resilience with Acsense’s Okta Backup and Recovery Solutions

The recent updates in NIST CSF 2.0 highlight the critical importance of robust backup and recovery strategies in the modern cybersecurity landscape. As cyber threats evolve, so must our approaches to securing and recovering vital organizational data, particularly within identity access management (IAM) systems.

Acsense is at the forefront of integrating advanced backup and recovery solutions into IAM frameworks, specifically tailored for Okta environments. Our IAM Resilience architecture ensures that your Okta system backups are not only secure and compliant with the latest standards but also immutable, air-gapped, and readily recoverable.

Discover more by booking a free consultation with us today.




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