NIST releases draft of security framework

Share this article:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a preliminary cyber security draft framework (PDF) in support of President Obama's "Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" executive order issued in February.

"The focus of the framework is to support the improvement of cyber security for the nation's critical infrastructure using industry-known standards and best practices," according to the draft. "The framework, developed in collaboration with industry, provides guidance to an organization on managing cyber security risk, in a manner similar to financial, safety, and operational risk."

The voluntary framework is comprised of three main components: core, tiers and profiler, which provide a "strategic" view of an organization's management of risk and offers assessments and goals.

The framework is designed to complement an organization's existing security management program and not replace it.

Discussions are scheduled for September, with NIST planning to release a full draft in October and a final version by February.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

TOP COMMENTS

More in News

ISSA tackles workforce gap with career lifecycle program

ISSA tackles workforce gap with career lifecycle program ...

On Thursday, the group launched its Cybersecurity Career Lifecycle (CSCL) program.

Amplification DDoS attacks most popular, according to Symantec

Amplification DDoS attacks most popular, according to Symantec

The company noted in a whitepaper released on Tuesday that Domain Name Server amplification attacks have increased 183 percent between January and August.

Court shutters NY co. selling security software with "no value"

A federal court shut down Pairsys at the request of the Federal Trade Commission.