Data Privacy Services: NIST Privacy Framework Compliance

Eric M. Wright CPA, CITP 

The NIST Privacy Framework is intended to be leveraged as a foundation to help organizations identify and manage privacy risk to build innovative products and services while protecting individuals’ privacy. The NIST Privacy Framework is often used in tandem with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to strengthen the overall privacy and security posture of the organization’s digital environment. An organization’s adoption of the NIST Privacy Framework will prove its privacy leadership through the following:

Building customer’s trust by supporting ethical decision-making while minimizing adverse consequences for individual’s privacy and society as a whole;
Fulfilling current compliance obligations and future-proofing products and services to meet these obligations;
Facilitating communications about privacy practices with individuals, business partners, assessors, and regulators.

We have the experience to help organizations comply with the framework through the following methods:

  • Readiness, Gap Assessment – We will perform a walkthrough of the current control environment to see how it aligns with NIST’s 5 Functions, 18 Categories, and 100 Subcategories to determine where there may be control gaps within the organization. From here, we will provide value-add recommendations on how to remediate those gaps, in order to implement controls to ultimately meet the requirements of the NIST Privacy Framework.
  • Effectiveness Testing – We will evaluate the organization’s control environment against the framework’s 5 Functions, 18 Categories, and 100 Subcategories to determine the maturity of the organization, based upon the NIST Implementation Tiers, as further detailed below.

The NIST Implementation Tiers provide a point of reference on how an organization has sufficient processes and resources in place to manage the privacy risk, as defined by the framework. The Tiers reflect an organization’s progression and can help an organization gauge its placement in a range from:

  • Tier 1 (Partial)
  • Tier 2 (Risk Informed)
  • Tier 3 (Repeatable)
  • Tier 4 (Adaptive)

Additional Schneider Downs Data Privacy Services

Business Process and Data Flow

A critical component to understanding how an organization’s data (oftentimes consumer data) travels throughout its lifecycle is to develop business processes and data flow diagrams. Learn More

Data Privacy Control Assessment

Regardless of whether your data privacy program was recently established or tenured, it’s important to assess its ongoing effectiveness in today’s ever-evolving technological world. Learn More

Data Protection Impact Assessment 

A Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) is a process to help identify and minimize data protection risks to an organization. Learn More

Privacy by Design

Our approach to Privacy by Design ensures that privacy and security controls are aligned with an organization’s tolerance for risk, its compliance with regulations, and its commitment to building a sustainable privacy-minded culture. Learn More

Privacy Regulations and Compliance

Prepare your organization for compliance with data privacy regulations including GDPR, CPRA, CCPA, New York SHIELD Act, GLBA and HIPAA. Learn More

About Schneider Downs Data Privacy Services

At Schneider Downs, our IT Risk Advisory Practice has a team of professionals who specialize in data privacy. Our team not only understands the evolving data privacy regulations but also the technologies that allow for opportunities to enable controls in the effort of reducing and protecting the data footprint and ongoing risks of non-compliance.

Learn more about our IT Risk Advisory Practice or contact us for more information.

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