State officials responsible for managing government data and networks are calling on federal agencies to coordinate efforts on an emerging array of cybersecurity requirements, and are citing the National Institute of Standards and Technology's framework of standards as a useful tool for accomplishing that.
The communications industry is well aware of the framework of cybersecurity standards and embraces it as a risk management tool with enterprise-wide applications, according to industry comments submitted last week to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
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Arne Schonbohm, who leads an industry cybersecurity group in Germany, wraps up a tour of the United States this week and he has a message for governments on both continents: Articulate how you will help the private sector defend its networks in the face of highly advanced attacks from nation-states.
Business groups and companies commenting on the government's framework of cybersecurity standards offered extensive details on their efforts to promote the framework, assurances that they are meeting the goals of bolstering cybersecurity in various ways, and questions on broader issues such as the need for incentives and more discussion on the economics of the issue.
The third week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is crowded with events from government, private sector, and industry groups, expanding beyond the designated topic of the week — cybersecurity for small businesses — and examining issues such as Estonian cybersecurity initiatives, Army information technology, and business cybersecurity.
President Obama on Friday signed a new executive order directing the government to better secure transactions and sensitive data and will convene a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection later this year.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is cautioning against a reliance on patient data and privacy requirements to sufficiently thwart cyber attacks.
The latest regional threats report by FireEye shows a dramatic increase in "advanced targeted attacks" and lists Germany and the United Kingdom as the most targeted countries.
The chemical industry is pilot testing a cyber threat information system with the Department of Homeland Security, with the launch of a chemical-sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center slated for mid-2015.
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The Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council on Oct. 10, 2014, submitted comments on the National Institute of Standards and Technology's framework of cybersecurity standards, lauding it for providing a "common lexicon" for discussion of cyber issues and development of the third-party risk management programs.