As practitioners are aware, in February 2013, President Obama issued an executive order directing federal agencies to create a set of voluntary cybersecurity standards and procedures for critical parts of the private sector.
The executive cyber machine continues to hum along. Last month, the White House previewed possible “cyber incentives” that could coax private industry into following the cyber “best practices” that the government will promulgate in the not-too-distant future.
Cybersecurity continues to be a high priority for both Congress and the Administration in 2013. After President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been actively working to develop a framework for protecting critical infrastructure by 2014.
On August 28, 2013, the Obama Administration issued several documents relating to the Cybersecurity Framework that the President called for in Executive Order 13636: Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.
In February of 2013, President Obama signed an executive order with the purpose of creating a cybersecurity framework (or set of voluntary standards and procedures) to encourage private companies that operate critical infrastructure to take steps to reduce their cyber risk (see our blog here).
The White House on Tuesday issued an initial list of proposed incentives to encourage owners and operators of critical infrastructure to adopt the Cybersecurity Framework currently being developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) under President Obama’s Executive Order (“EO”) 13636.
In the past week, both the White House and Senate have taken some notable steps on cybersecurity.
The National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) has released the first draft of the Cybersecurity Framework required by President Obama’s Executive Order 13636 and Presidential Policy Directive 21, as detailed in our earlier posts (found here, here and here).
On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed Executive Order 13636 for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (EO), along with Presidential Policy Directive-21 on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (PPD-21).
Federal Cybersecurity Initiatives Demand Vigilance of Communication and Energy Infrastructure Owners and Operators
Cybersecurity initiatives are moving rapidly within the federal government and require owners and operators of critical infrastructure – including in particular Communication and Energy Systems, and those who supply and service them – to remain vigilant in managing cybersecurity risks.