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NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 (NIST CSF 2.0) Policy Template - Editable Policies & Standards 

Product Walkthrough Video

This short product walkthrough video is designed to give a brief overview about what the CDPP is to help answer common questions we receive.

What Is The Cybersecurity & Data Protection Program (CDPP)?

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 (NIST CSF 2.0)-based Cybersecurity & Data Protection Program (CDPP) is a set of cybersecurity policies and standards that is tailored for smaller organizations that do not need to address more rigorous requirements that are found in ISO 27002 or NIST 800-53. The NIST CSF version of the CDPP leverages the Secure Controls Framework (SCF) control naming and domains to provide the structure for the policies, control objectives and standards. This approach makes the CDPP scalable and maps to over 100 other laws, regulations and frameworks. Since it is editable documentation, you can use the provided structure or rename it according to your specific needs.

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This product is ideal for organizations that need to align with leading cybersecurity practices, but do not have multiple statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations that are better addressed by a more robust cybersecurity framework. For this reason, the NIST CSF version of our CDPP is very popular with insurance brokers, smaller financial organizations, law firms and other professions that need to address cybersecurity in manner scaled for smaller organizations. 

Our products are one-time purchases with no software to install - you are buying Microsoft Office-based documentation templates that you can edit for your specific needs. If you can use Microsoft Office or OpenOffice, you can use this product! The CDPP contains NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) based cybersecurity policies & standards in an editable Microsoft Word format:

  • The CDPP contains NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF)-based cybersecurity policies & standards in an editable Microsoft Word format.
  • Each of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework controls is mapped to a standard within the CDPP and each of those standards is mapped to a policy statement.
  • The NIST CSF-based CDPP covers version 1.1 of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.  
  • The CDPP addresses the “why?” and “what?” questions in an audit, since policies and standards form the foundation for your cybersecurity program.
  • The CDPP provides the underlying cybersecurity standards that must be in place, as stipulated by statutory, regulatory and contractual requirements.
  • Just as Human Resources publishes an “employee handbook” to let employees know what is expected for employees from a HR perspective, the CDPP does this from a cybersecurity perspective.

What Problems Does The CDPP Solve?

  • Lack of In House Security Experience - Writing security documentation is a skill that many good cybersecurity professionals simple are not proficient at and avoid the task at all cost. Tasking your security analysts and engineers to write comprehensive documentation means you are actively taking them away from protecting and defending your network, which is not a wise use of their time. The CDPP is an efficient method to obtain comprehensive NIST CSF based security policies and standards for your organization!
  • Compliance Requirements - Nearly every organization, regardless of industry, is required to have formally-documented security policies and standards. The NIST CSF CDPP is designed for smaller organizations and focuses on leading security frameworks to address reasonably-expected security requirements. The CDPP maps to several leading compliance requirements so you can clearly see what is required!
  • Audit Failures - Security documentation does not age gracefully like a fine wine. Outdated documentation leads to gaps that expose organizations to audit failures and system compromises. The CDPP's standards provides mapping to leading security frameworks to show you exactly what is required to both stay secure and compliant.  
  • Vendor Requirements - It is very common for clients and partners to request evidence of a security program and this includes policies and standards. The CDPP provides this evidence!

How Does The CDPP Solve These Problems?

    • Clear Documentation - The CDPP provides comprehensive documentation to prove that your security program exists. This equates to a time saving of hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars in staff and consultant expenses!
    • Time Savings - The CDPP can provide your organization with a semi-customized solution that requires minimal resources to fine tune for your organization's specific needs. 
    • Alignment With Leading Practices - The NIST-based CDPP is written to align your organization with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework! 

Product Example - NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 Cybersecurity Policies & Standards

This version of the Cybersecurity & Data Protection Program (CDPP) is based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 (NIST CSF 2.0) framework. It contains cybersecurity policies and standards that align with NIST CSF. You get fully-editable Microsoft Word and Excel documents that you can customize for your specific needs.

To understand the differences between the NIST 800-53, ISO 27002 and NIST CSF versions of the CDPP, please visit here for more details.

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What Is Included With The CDPP (NIST CSF 2.0)?

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Cost Savings Estimate - Cybersecurity & Data Protection Program (CDPP)

When you look at the costs associated with either (1) hiring an external consultant to write cybersecurity documentation for you or (2) tasking your internal staff to write it, the cost comparisons paint a clear picture that buying from ComplianceForge is the logical option. Compared to hiring a consultant, you can save months of wait time and tens of thousands of dollars. Whereas, compared to writing your own documentation, you can potentially save hundreds of work hours and the associated cost of lost productivity. Purchasing the CDPP from ComplianceForge offers these fundamental advantages when compared to the other options for obtaining quality cybersecurity documentation:

  • For your internal staff to generate comparable documentation, it would take them an estimated 400 internal staff work hours, which equates to a cost of approximately $34,000 in staff-related expenses. This is about 4-8 months of development time where your staff would be diverted from other work.
  • If you hire a consultant to generate this documentation, it would take them an estimated 300 consultant work hours, which equates to a cost of approximately $90,000. This is about 3-6 months of development time for a contractor to provide you with the deliverable.
  • The CDPP is approximately 2% of the cost for a consultant or 5% of the cost of your internal staff to generate equivalent documentation.
  • We process most orders the same business day so you can potentially start working with the CDPP the same day you place your order.


The process of writing cybersecurity documentation can take an internal team many months and it involves pulling your most senior and experienced cybersecurity experts away from operational duties to assist in the process, which is generally not the most efficient use of their time. In addition to the immense cost of hiring a cybersecurity consultant at $300/hr+ to write this documentation for you, the time to schedule a consultant, provide guidance and get the deliverable product can take months. Even when you bring in a consultant, this also requires involvement from your internal team for quality control and answering questions, so the impact is not limited to just the consultant's time being consumed. 


Comprehensive NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0-Based Documentation

Unlike some of our competition that sell “bronze, silver and gold” levels of documentation, we understand that a standard is a standard for a reason. We take out the guesswork associated with picking an appropriate package level - we focus on providing documentation that offers a straightforward solution to provide the appropriate coverage you need. This focus on providing the best solution for our clients makes us proud that we are providing the best set of IT security policies and standards available. Saving a few dollars on a cheap solution can easily leave you with a false sense of security and gaping holes in your documentation that can leave you liable.

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The CSF-based CDPP can serve as a foundational element in your organization's cybersecurity program. It can stand alone or be paired with other specialized products we offer. This product is an editable, easily implemented document that contains the policies, standards and guidelines that your company can use to establish a leading framework-based cybersecurity security program. Being Microsoft Word documentation, you have the ability to make edits to the documentation.

Our documentation is meant to address your requirements from strategic concepts all the way down to day-to-day deliverables you need to demonstrate compliance with common statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations. We offer up to 40% discounts on our documentation bundles, so please be aware that you have benefit from significant savings by bundling the documentation you need. You can see the available bundles here

We are here to help make comprehensive cybersecurity documentation as easy and as affordable as possible. We serve businesses of all sizes, from the Fortune 500 all the way down to small businesses, since our cybersecurity documentation products are designed to scale for organizations of any size or level of complexity. Our affordable solutions range from Cybersecurity Policies & Standards documentation, to NIST 800-171 compliance checklists, to program-level documentation, such as "turn key" Incident Responserisk management or vulnerability management program documents. Our focus is on helping you become audit ready!

Creating A Cybersecurity Program Based On The NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0

ComplianceForge provides businesses with exactly what they need to protect themselves - professionally written policies, procedures, standards and guidelines at a very affordable cost. Similar documentation standards can be found in Fortune 500 company that have dedicated IT Security staff. All information security policies and standards are backed up by documented best practices. The following leading practices are mapped into the NIST-based Cybersecurity & Data Protection Program (CDPP) and you will get an Excel spreadsheet with the mapping as part of your purchase. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework CDPP is intended for smaller organizations that "fly under the radar" where they  are not subject to common cybersecurity requirements that would usually dictate alignment with ISO 27002 or NIST 800-53. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is a perfect framework for smaller organizations to align with in this situation.  

This Is How Good Cybersecurity Documentation Is Meant To Be Structured!

ComplianceForge provides businesses with exactly what they need to protect themselves - professionally written policies, procedures, standards and guidelines at a very affordable cost. Similar documentation standards can be found in Fortune 500 company that have dedicated IT Security staff. All information security policies and standards are backed up by documented best practices.


Hierarchical Approach - Built To Scale & Evolve With Your Business 

Our experience has proven that when it comes to Information Security policies, a standard is a standard for a reason. With that in mind, our Cybersecurity & Data Protection Program (CDPP) is based on industry-recognized best practices and Information Security standards so that you can meet your legal requirements. Unlike some competitor sites that offer “Bronze, Silver or Gold” packages that may leave you critically exposed, we offer a comprehensive Information Security solution to meet your specific compliance requirements. Why is this? It is simple - in the real world, compliance is penalty-centric. Courts have established a track record of punishing businesses for failing to perform “reasonably expected” steps to meet compliance with known standards. 

The Cybersecurity & Data Protection Program (CDPP) follows a hierarchical approach to how the structure is designed so that standards map to control objectives and control objectives map to policies. This allows for the standards to be logically grouped to support the policies.

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Which Product Is Right For You?

As you see in the graphic below, the CDPP serves as a foundational component of your cybersecurity & data protection program. The CDPP addresses the "What" & "Why" requirements to be secure. Other ComplianceForge documentation can help speed up the effort to operationalize any requirements you have. Those additional documents help address the "How" of running a cybersecurity & data protection program. ComplianceForge editable cybersecurity policies standards procedures


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