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Touting Government/Industry 'Partnership' on Security Practices, NIST Drafts Cybersecurity Framework Update (scmagazine.com) 15

Remember NIST, the non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce? Their mission expanded over the years to protecting businesses from cyberthreats, including a "Cybersecurty Framework" first published in 2014. "The original goal was to develop a voluntary framework to help organizations manage cybersecurity risk in the nation's critical infrastructure, such as bridges and the electric power grid," NIST wrote in January, "but the framework has been widely adopted by many types of organizations across the country and around the world." Now SC Media reports: The second draft of the update to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework, NIST 1.1, is meant "to clarify, refine, and enhance the Cybersecurity Framework, amplifying its value and making it easier to use," according to NIST. Specifically, it brings clarity to cybersecurity measurement language and tackles improving security of the supply chain. Calling the initial NIST CSF "a landmark effort" that delivered "important benefits, such as providing common language for different models" of standards and best practices already in use, Larry Clinton, president and CEO of the Internet Security Alliance, said "it fell short of some of the most critical demands of Presidential Executive Order 13636, which generated its development...

"To begin with, the new draft makes it clear that our goal is not some undefined metric for use of the Framework, but for effective use of the Framework. Moreover, this use-metric needs to be tied not to some generic standard, but to be calibrated to the unique threat picture, risk appetite and business objective of a particular organization"... Clinton praised the process used by NIST as "a model 'use case' for how government needs to engage with its industry partners to address the cybersecurity issue." The internet's inherent interconnectedness makes it impossible for sustainable security to be achieved through anything other than true partnership, he contended.

Slashdot reader Presto Vivace reminds you that public comments on the draft Framework and Roadmap are due to NIST by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 19, 2018. "If you have an opinion about this, NOW is the time to express it."
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Touting Government/Industry 'Partnership' on Security Practices, NIST Drafts Cybersecurity Framework Update

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  • by sinij ( 911942 ) on Sunday December 10, 2017 @02:24PM (#55711425)
    This standard is trivial, very basic, and very important. Why? Because any NIST standard becomes lowest bar to clear for compliance. So by releasing standards like this they make it harder for unscrupulous companies like Equifax to get insurance.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Strokes the ego, but the parent post is not correct. NIST standards are not trivial or basic. It takes a team of people with masters level understanding to implement them. Very few companies come close to NIST framework levels of competence. Very few. I make my living getting them up when the board really cares about security. No reasonable company would purchase insurance that requires compliance to a security standard, as security is dealing with unknown unknowns. Lack of absolute compliance, in the beanc

  • TFA will not tell anything more precise than that it improves security of supply chain. You can skip that read or directly jump to the NIST document.
  • Is this the same NIST which cooperated with the NSA to subvert cryptographic standards for decades? Yea, no thanks.

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