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NIST IR 8286C (Initial Public Draft)

Staging Cybersecurity Risks for Enterprise Risk Management and Governance Oversight

Date Published: January 26, 2022
Comments Due: March 11, 2022 (public comment period is CLOSED)
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Stephen Quinn (NIST), Nahla Ivy (NIST), Matthew Barrett (CyberESI Consulting Group), Gregory Witte (Huntington Ingalls Industries), Robert Gardner (New World Technology Partners)


This report completes the cybersecurity risk management (CSRM) and enterprise risk management (ERM) integration cycle described throughout the NISTIR 8286 series.

Draft NISTIR 8286C describes methods for combining risk information from across the enterprise, including notional examples for aggregating and normalizing the results from cybersecurity risk registers (CSRRs) while considering risk parameters, criteria, and business impacts. The resulting integration and normalization of risk information informs enterprise-level risk decision-making and monitoring, which helps create a comprehensive picture of the overarching cyber risk. The report describes the creation of an enterprise risk profile (ERP) that supports the comparison and management of cyber risks along with other risk types.

Draft NISTIR 8286C builds on several previous reports:

The NISTIR 8286 series enables risk practitioners to integrate CSRM activities more fully into the broader enterprise risk processes. Because information and technology comprise some of the enterprise’s most valuable resources, it is vital that directors and senior leaders have a clear understanding of cybersecurity risk posture at all times. It is similarly vital that those identifying, assessing, and treating cybersecurity risk understand enterprise strategic objectives when making risk decisions.

The authors of the NISTIR 8286 series hope that these publications will spark further industry discussion. As NIST continues to develop frameworks and guidance to support the application and integration of information and technology, many of the series’ concepts will be considered for inclusion.

NOTE: A call for patent claims is included on page iv of this draft.  For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy--Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications.



cybersecurity risk management; cybersecurity risk measurement; cybersecurity risk register (CSRR); enterprise risk management (ERM); key performance indicator (KPI); key risk indicator (KRI); risk acceptance; risk aggregation; risk avoidance; risk conditioning; risk mitigation; risk optimization; risk prioritization; risk response; risk sharing; risk transfer
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Supplemental Material:
See NISTIR 8286 Supplemental Material

Publication Parts:
IR 8286
IR 8286A
IR 8286B

Document History:
01/26/22: IR 8286C (Draft)
09/14/22: IR 8286C (Final)