NIST vs ISO Compliance: What’s the Difference?

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There are hundreds of complex laws and regulations worldwide that organizations find themselves required to follow to keep their data safe. Two of the most common in North America are NIST CSF and ISO 27001. 

While both frameworks aim to protect data and contribute to a stronger security posture, they go about it uniquely. Let’s look at the similarities and differences between NIST CSF and ISO 27001, so you can decide what’s best for your business.



The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publishes a voluntary set of guidelines for organizations to manage and reduce cybersecurity risks. 

The Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) is for organizations of all sizes, sectors and it’s customizable. 

Basically, NIST CSF was created to acknowledge and standardize specific controls and processes. Most have already been covered and duplicated in existing frameworks. It builds on but does not replace security standards like NIST 800-53 or ISO 27001. NIST CSF is a great place to start if you’re

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