NIST Holds Fourth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework

On September 11-13, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held its fourth and – for now – final workshop on the preliminary Cybersecurity Framework. The Framework is being developed pursuant to President Obama’s February Executive Order (EO) on critical infrastructure cybersecurity. NIST released a draft of the preliminary Framework prior to the workshop.

Because much of the drafting of the preliminary Framework had been completed, discussion largely focused on how to promote executive engagement on issues relating to cybersecurity, implementation of the Framework, and what participation in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) voluntary program would look like. Officials also attempted to address head-on the widespread concern that the Framework would be used to impose additional regulation on the 16 critical infrastructure sectors.

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