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NIST Cybersecurity Framework Addresses Risks to Critical Infrastructure



Victoria Y. Pillitteri


On February 12, 2014 President Obama issued a statement that, "[c]yber threats pose one the gravest national security dangers that the United States faces. To better defend our nation against this systemic challenge, one year ago I signed an Executive Order directing the Administration to take steps to improve information sharing with the private sector, raise the level of cybersecurity across our critical infrastructure, and enhance privacy and civil liberties." That Executive Order, E.O. 13636, "Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity," directed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a voluntary, risk-based Cybersecurity Framework ("Framework")- based on existing industry standards and best practices - to help organizations manage cybersecurity risk. The resulting Framework was created through a yearlong collaboration between government and industry.
ei Magazine


critical infrastructure, cybersecurity, Executive Order 13636, framework, security
Created June 2, 2014, Updated July 26, 2017