Nationwide Cyber Security Review

What Is the Nationwide Cyber Security Review?

The Nationwide Cyber Security Review (NCSR) is a no-cost, anonymous, annual self-assessment designed to measure gaps and capabilities of state, local, tribal and territorial governments’ cybersecurity programs. It is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF), is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) & the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC®).

The NCSR evaluates cybersecurity maturity across the nation while providing actionable feedback and metrics directly to individual respondents in State, Local, Tribal & Territorial (SLTT) governments.

Using the results of the NCSR, DHS delivers a bi-yearly anonymous summary report to Congress providing a broad picture of the cybersecurity maturity across the SLTT communities.

Arrow  Check out the 2016 NCSR Summary Report
Arrow  Download the NCSR General User Guide

Who Can Participate in the NCSR?

All states (and agencies), local governments (and departments), tribal nations, and territorial governments are encouraged to participate.

Why Participate?

  • Utilize the NCSR to fulfill your justification requirement for cybersecurity investments under the Homeland Security Grant Program
  • Receive metrics specific to your organization
  • Use the metrics provided to identify gaps in your security program
  • Anonymously measure your results against peers
  • Be a part of the ongoing effort to chart national cybersecurity maturity & identify areas of concern
  • Access to informative references such as NIST 800-53, COBIT, and the CIS Controls that can assist in managing cybersecurity risk
  • For HIPAA compliant agencies, translates your NCSR scores to the HIPAA Security Rule scores for an automatic self-assessment tool
  • Develop a benchmark to gauge year-to-year progress

How Does It Work?

The NCSR is hosted on the RSA Archer GRC Suite secure portal. Once you complete your registration, you will have an account created where you can take the NCSR and receive metrics specific to your organization all in one place.

Getting Started

New Participants

If you are a new participant, please complete the form on this page. One of our NCSR team members will review your information and be in touch with next steps. For questions or assistance, contact us at NCSR@cisecurity.org or 518-880-0736.

Returning Participant

If you participated in a previous NCSR survey, simply visit the NCSR portal and enter last year's credentials. (Please note that the instance number is 20244.)

For all other questions, such as resetting your password, adding additional users to your account and/or registering sub-entities, please contact us via e-mail at NCSR@cisecurity.org or by phone (518) 880-0736.

Partners

DHS logoThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has partnered with the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), and the National Association of Counties (NACo) to develop the Nationwide Cyber Security Review.

The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for safeguarding our nation's critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats that can affect national security, public safety, and economic prosperity. DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) leads the efforts to secure cyberspace and cyber infrastructure. For additional information, please visit www.dhs.gov/cyber.

 

NASCIO logoThe National Association of State Chief Information Officers mission is to foster government excellence through quality business practices, information management, and technology policy. Founded in 1969, NASCIO is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization representing state chief information officers and information technology executives and managers from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state members are senior officials from state government who have executive level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership. State officials who are involved in agency-level information technology management may participate as associate members. Representatives from federal, municipal, international government, and nonprofit organizations may also participate as members. Private-sector firms join as corporate members and participate in the Corporate Leadership Council. For additional information, please visit www.nascio.org.

 

The National Association of Counties is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation's 3,069 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public's understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. For additional information, please visit www.naco.org.

 

GMIS International is a professional IT association of worldwide government IT leaders dedicated to providing best practice solutions for initiatives by providing its members with enhanced professional development, training, conferences, awards and networking while offering leadership though advocacy, research and shared experiences. GMIS International's primary mission is to leverage the collective knowledge of our members.
In 1971, a group of IT professionals, realizing the need to foster the sharing of experiences among all levels of government involved in providing IT services, organized GMIS International. Today, we have members in 36 states. We have 15 State Chapter affiliates and we have 6 International affiliates.
Membership in GMIS is open to public sector agencies at any level of government (federal, state, county, city, etc.) including schools (K-12, community college and university) and special districts. Corporate memberships are also available. For additional information, please visit www.gmis.org.

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The NCSR is open annually from October to December.

 

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NCSR Registration Form