NIST Unveils Cybersecurity Framework

On February 12th, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its long-anticipated Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity together with a companionRoadmap for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The Framework is issued in accordance with President Obama’s February 19 Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Version 1.0, which tasked NIST with developing a cost-effective Framework “to reduce cyber risks to critical infrastructure.” The companion Roadmap discusses NIST’s next steps with the Framework and identifies key areas of development, alignment of cybersecurity standards and practices within the U.S. and globally and collaboration with private and public sector organizations and standards-developing organizations.  K&L Gates attorney Roberta D. Anderson has drafted a white paper describing the Framework and Roadmap, and some of the anticipated impacts on the technology industry.  You can read the white paper here.

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