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4/21/2014
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Protecting Critical Infrastructure: A New Approach

NIST's cyber-security framework gives critical-infrastructure operators a new tool to assess readiness. But will operators put this voluntary framework to work?
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'Failure to adopt [the framework] could expose a company to shareholder lawsuits.' --Richard Clarke, former White House cyber-security adviser
"Failure to adopt [the framework] could expose a company to shareholder lawsuits." --Richard Clarke, former White House cyber-security adviser

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5/14/2014 | 11:28:37 PM
Supply chain application
During a May 13-14, 2014 forum, a White House Aid, Ari Schwartz said that one of the ways the Cybersecurity Framework is being put to special use is with companies trying to guard against weak links in their supply chains.  He explained for isntance how banks, with their own security standards, nonetheless are using the common templated from the Framework to assess the security posture of some of the companies/industries that serve as suppliers to banks.

 

 
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4/22/2014 | 5:43:44 PM
Federal guidelines are nice, but state laws protect consumers
<blockquote> [...] president of the Information Technology Industry Council, notes that states already are setting their own standards for corporate security and breach disclosure. He says companies should welcome nationwide standards, rather than a "mishmash of state regulation." </blockquote>

 

And the only reason Garfield is making the above referenced statement is because certain states, such as California, have breach disclosure laws that are superior to the federal law, the latter of which tends to thump consumers and reward negligent companies.
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