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Feds Offer Standards to Improve Cyber Security

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  February 13, 2014

A "final version of standards_" was released on February 12th by the federal government to "_help companies in nationally critical industries better defend against cyber attacks\," according to an_ article published on the Reuters website. The article indicates that with this release of "_standards_" security officials from the United States government face the additional challenge of "_getting the private sector to adopt the voluntary measures."

These standards have been "criticized for being too vague and toothless," according to the report, and has transformed "_a vast amount of industry input_" into a list of "_guidelines designed for 16 different sectors_" – including food, agriculture, energy, and transportation – "_whose disruption could be devastating to the country._" The article notes that the "_so-called cybersecurity framework_" – released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – appears "_exactly one year_" following an executive order issued by President Obama which commanded them "_to compile voluntary minimum cybersecurity standards as one step to counter the lack of progress on cybersecurity law in Congress."

The article quotes President Obama to say, "While I believe today's Framework marks a turning point, it's clear that much more work needs to be done to enhance our cybersecurity. I again urge Congress to move forward on cybersecurity legislation that both protects our nation and our privacy and civil liberties." He continued in the article and was also quoted to say, "_Meanwhile, my Administration will continue to take action, under existing authorities, to protect our nation from this threat."

Read more about the standards released by NIST in the full article at Reuters and learn what may be suggested in the future for the private sector.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  February 13, 2014