Discussion Held to Discuss Aftermath of NIST Cybersecurity Framework

On Thursday, a seminar was held to discuss the future of the recently released National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework.

The seminar, held at Bloomberg Government, included a panel of experts including Director of NIST, Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator, Michael Daniel, and chief cybersecurity official to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Dr. Phyllis Schneck. The panelist spoke about the role that cybersecurity plays within the private sector and the importance of raising the base level of cybersecurity. Though the framework is voluntary and does not require that companies share information with government, the experts called for increased participation.  The panel highlighted the need for increased information sharing between the federal government and the private sector, and even within in the private sector, in order to improve the NIST framework.

Dr. Gallagher noted that “the framework is not done” and that is a “living document” meant to be adapted and changed as solutions to cybersecurity evolve. The panelists also noted that, though the framework was designed to look at critical infrastructure, it is flexible and could be applied a variety of sectors.

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