NIST Request for Cyber Security Information

Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 01:03 PM gHale


A request for information is out seeking comments about how best “to guide industry in reducing cyber risks to the networks and computers that support critical infrastructure vital to the nation’s economy, security and daily life.”

The request, sent out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has not defined what they will consider “critical infrastructure,” but it did make specific reference to infrastructure of concern from five specific sectors: Telecommunications, energy; financial services; water and transportation.

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Businesses in these five sectors have the potential to be “critical infrastructure” and should pay close attention to the development of the best practices framework, as well potential risks for failing to implement any aspects of framework that ends up developed, according to NIST.

Comments to the initial RFI are due by 5 p.m. ET, April 8, 2013, and should go to cyberframework@nist.gov with the subject line: “Developing a Framework to Improve Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”

Because more and more critical services are Internet facing, all businesses (not just those operating within any of five critical infrastructure sectors) should examine their current networks/computers and assess corresponding data security practices.

Click here to learn more about the request for information.



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