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NIST releases draft outline of Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure

As part of its efforts to develop a voluntary framework to improve cybersecurity in the nation's critical infrastructure, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted a draft outline of the Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure to invite public review and gather comments.

Based on the principle that national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure, President Obama, under the Executive Order dubbed “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” has directed NIST to work with stakeholders in both private and public sectors to develop a voluntary framework for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure.

According to NIST, the framework will consist of standards, guidelines and best practices to promote the protection of critical infrastructure. The efforrt aims to outline a prioritized, flexible, repeatable, and cost-effective approach to help owners and operators of critical infrastructure manage cybersecurity-related risk while protecting business confidentiality, individual privacy and civil liberties. More...

07-12-2013 14:57