NIST Holds Fifth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework; Incentives Still Lacking


On November 14-15, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a workshop at North Carolina State University on the preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (PCF). Venable attended the workshop in Raleigh, as well as all of the previous NIST workshops addressing the Framework.

NIST does not plan to revise the PCF until the release of the final Cybersecurity Framework in February of 2014, per Executive Order 13636. However, NIST held the previously unplanned fifth workshop in order to address widespread industry concerns regarding adoption (including incentives) and implementation of the Framework, as well as the controversial privacy appendix attached to the PCF as Appendix B, among other topics. Moreover, interested parties still have several weeks to provide comments on the PCF before the completion of a 45-day request for comments, which NIST issued on October 29, 2013.

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