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White House Pushes Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure


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The White House has release a new cybersecurity framework designed to help critical infrastructure operators create comprehensive cybersecurity programs.

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The White House released a new cybersecurity framework on Wednesday that is designed to help critical infrastructure operators create comprehensive cybersecurity programs.

The voluntary framework, developed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, provides guidelines for what constitutes a good cybersecurity program by taking a risk management approach that enables organizations to adapt to "a changing cybersecurity landscape and respond to evolving and sophisticated threats in a timely manner."

A senior Obama administration official says the framework, which builds on a presidential directive from 2013, can help "companies prove to themselves and to their stakeholders that good cybersecurity can be the same thing as good business."

Administration officials hope the framework will drive changes in the way critical infrastructure operators deal with cybersecurity, in part by sparking discussions about what cybersecurity measures are beneficial.

President Barack Obama says although more work is needed, the framework could be a turning point in the national discussion about cybersecurity. "Although the threats are serious and they constantly evolve, I believe that if we address them effectively, we can ensure that the Internet remains an engine for economic growth and a platform for the free exchange of ideas."

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