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What is the National Capabilities Assessment Framework?

 

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What is the National Capabilities Assessment Framework?

The National Capabilities Assessment Framework (NCAF) is a self-assessment tool developed by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) to help European Member States measure the maturity of their cybersecurity capabilities. The tool is designed to help Member States identify areas of strength and weakness in their cybersecurity measures, enabling them to better allocate resources and prioritize security initiatives. The NCAF is composed of 17 objectives, which are organized into four main clusters: cybersecurity governance and standards, capacity building and awareness, legal and regulatory requirements, and cooperation and information sharing. These objectives cover a wide range of topics, from the development of cybersecurity exercises and the protection of critical information infrastructure to the improvement of cybersecurity in the supply chain and the building of trust in digital public services. The NCAF is designed to be used as a self-assessment tool, allowing each Member State to evaluate their own cybersecurity capabilities against the 17 objectives. This will enable them to identify areas of strength and weakness and prioritize security initiatives accordingly. The NCAF also provides guidance on how to improve cybersecurity in each of the four clusters, including best practices and recommendations. In addition to the NCAF, ENISA also provides a range of other resources to help Member States strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities. These include the European Cybersecurity Certification Framework, which provides guidance on the certification of cybersecurity products and services, and the European Cybersecurity Strategy, which sets out a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity across the EU. The NCAF is an important tool for helping Member States assess their cybersecurity capabilities and identify areas for improvement. It provides a comprehensive overview of the state of cybersecurity in each Member State, enabling them to better allocate resources and prioritize initiatives. By using the NCAF, Member States can ensure that their cybersecurity measures are in line with the latest best practices and standards, helping to protect their critical infrastructure and citizens from cyber threats. .



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