Cybersecurity Framework Previews Contracting Changes

By Dietrich Knauth (February 18, 2014, 3:09 PM EST) -- As contractors prepare for increasing cybersecurity responsibilities, the Obama administration's new voluntary guidelines offer companies some insight into the kinds of practices that the government will prioritize in purchasing decisions and more binding regulations.

The 41-page "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity," developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, lays out best practices and assessment tools aimed at helping banks, utilities and other critical infrastructure operators protect their systems against cyberattacks. The framework is part of an executive order issued by President Barack Obama in February 2013, and while the other parts of that executive order deal more directly with...

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