Data Integrity: Detecting and Responding to Ransomware and Other Destructive Events

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The NCCoE recently released the draft NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide SP 1800-26, Detecting and Responding to Ransomware and Other Destructive Events. Use the button below to view this publication in its entirety or scroll down for links to a specific section.

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Current Status

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) recently released a draft of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Special Publication 1800-26, Detecting and Responding to Ransomware and Other Destructive Events. The public comment period closed on March 20, 2020, and the received comments are now being reviewed.  

This practice guide can benefit executives, chief Information security officers, system administrators, or those who have a stake in protecting their organizations' data, privacy, and overall operational security.

The NCCoE released the full draft which comprises the following volumes:

  • SP 1800-26A: Executive Summary (PDF)

  • SP 1800-26B: Approach, Architecture, and Security Characteristics (PDF)

  • SP 1800-26C: How-To-Guides (PDF)

Or download the complete guide (PDF).

To read a brief overview of the project, please download our fact sheet.


The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at NIST proposed a project that could help organizations detect and respond to data integrity events across multiple industries. This project includes the development of a reference design and uses commercially available technologies to develop an example solution that will help various organizations implement stronger security controls.

Ransomware, destructive malware, insider threats, and even honest mistakes present an ongoing threat to an organization’s infrastructure. Database records and structure, system files, configurations, user files, application code, and customer data are all at risk should an attack occur. 

Organizations that do not implement detection and response solutions leave themselves at risk for many types of data integrity attacks. These risks could be reduced using capabilities such as:

  • integrity monitoring
  • event detection
  • vulnerability management
  • reporting capabilities
  • mitigation and containment

This project focuses on detailed methods and potential tool sets that can detect, mitigate, and contain data integrity events in the components of an enterprise network. It also identifies tools and strategies to aid in a security team’s response to such an event. The scope of the project answers specific questions pertaining to detecting and responding to data integrity events. 

Collaborating Vendors

Organizations participating in this project submitted their capabilities in response to an open call in the Federal Register for all sources of relevant security capabilities from academia and industry (vendors and integrators). The following respondents with relevant capabilities or product components (identified as “Technology Partners/Collaborators” herein) signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to collaborate with NIST in a consortium to build this example solution.

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