NIST updates Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Published: Thursday, 12 January 2017 10:04

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft update to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity — also known as the Cybersecurity Framework. Providing new details on managing cyber supply chain risks, clarifying key terms, and introducing measurement methods for cybersecurity, the updated framework aims to further develop NIST’s voluntary guidance to organizations on reducing cybersecurity risks.

The Cybersecurity Framework was published in February 2014 following a collaborative process involving industry, academia and government agencies, as directed by a presidential executive order. The original goal was to develop a voluntary framework to help organizations manage cybersecurity risk in the nation’s critical infrastructure; but the framework has been widely adopted by many types of organizations across the country and around the world.

The 2017 Draft Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Security Version 1.1 incorporates feedback since the release of framework version 1.0, and integrates comments from the December 2015 Request for Information as well as comments from attendees at the Cybersecurity Framework Workshop 2016 held at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

To assist users wanting to apply the framework to cyber supply chain risk management, the authors developed a vocabulary so all organizations working together on a project can clearly understand cybersecurity needs.

The deadline to send comments on the Draft Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Security Version 1.1 is April 10, 2017. Please send comments to cyberframework@nist.gov