On Wednesday, February 12, the White House released the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The Framework represents the culmination of a year-long private-sector led effort to create voluntary guidelines for businesses which are a part of the “critical infrastructure” – banks, utilities, public transportation, etc. – to strengthen their cybersecurity. While the focus of the Framework is the critical infrastructure of the country, it provides excellent guidance for all businesses concerned about data security. The National Institute of Standards and Technology assembled input from the private and government sectors, and drafted the Framework.