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NIST seeks input for Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register as its first step in the process to develop a Cybersecurity Framework, a set of voluntary standards and best practices to guide industry in reducing cyber risks to the networks and computers that support critical infrastructure vital to the nation's economy, security and daily life.

Stakeholder meetings are also a part of the framework process, and the first such meeting will be held on April 3, 2013, at the NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md.

NIST requests ideas, recommendations and other input from critical infrastructure owners and operators, federal agencies, state and local governments, standards-setting organizations, and other interested parties about current risk management practices; use of frameworks, standards, guidelines and best practices; specific industry practices and more. Specific questions are included in the RFI.

For more information see www.nist.gov/itl/cyberframework.cfm

The RFI on the new Cybersecurity Framework is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/26/2013-04413/developing-a-framework-to-improve-critical-infrastructure-cybersecurity

Comments are due by 5 pm ET, Monday, April 8, 2013, and should be sent to cyberframework@nist.gov with the subject line: ‘Developing a Framework to Improve Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.’

Registration information for the April 3 public workshop is available at www.nist.gov/itl/csd/cybersecurity-framework-workshop.cfm

•Date: 5th March 2013 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

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