Though many small businesses may think that they are too trivial to be the target of a cyberattack, even the smallest businesses can face cyberattack and can face serious repercussions, according to Pat Toth, supervisory computer scientist in the computer security division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and author of NIST’s cybersecurity guide “Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals.” […]

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released a resource to help U.S. employers more effectively identify, recruit, develop, and maintain cybersecurity talent. The NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) provides a common language to categorize and describe cybersecurity work to help organizations build a strong cybersecurity staff.






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Tenable Network Security announced Oct. 13 it would support the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Special Publication 800-171, a document enumerating guidelines to protect sensitive government information.






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In order to help organizations evaluate the effectiveness of their cybersecurity risk management efforts, the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released the draft “Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder,” which acts as an assessment tool to pair with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.






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About 10 states have reached out to DHS’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications to ask questions and provide feedback on its cybersecurity services, according to Neil Jenkins, director of the Enterprise Performance Management Office at DHS. He said there has been an uptick in outreach because of the impending election.






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The NIST Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity should prioritize the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, and creating norms and deterrence strategies, according to officials at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.






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Comments close Friday at 5 p.m. on the NIST Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity’s request for information on how best to address the “current and future states of cybersecurity in a digital economy.”






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As the Internet of Things becomes increasingly prevalent, the government will play an important role in enabling and regulating how the industry will develop, according to panelists at a National Telecommunications and Information Administration workshop. They listed a number of areas in which that advice can take shape.






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The National Institute of Standards and Technology aims to improve communication with non-Federal systems containing Federal data through updates to its guidelines “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations,” also referred to as 800-171.






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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a report that shows that public sector prize competitions for innovative technology in the 2015 fiscal year have increased in capability and impact.






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Government employees who attended the hacking conventions of the past had a pretty hard time remaining unnoticed, as many hosted “Spot the Fed” games that rewarded attendees for outing Federal employees. Today’s hacking conventions, like Black Hat and Defcon that took place earlier this month, are creating a much more collaborative environment.






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The 18 government agencies with high-impact systems constantly fend off cyberattacks from “nations,” which are groups of hackers sponsored by nation-states. According to a U.S. Government Accountability Office security report, these attacks pose the most serious threat to the security of these systems.






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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has updated its Cybersecurity Framework in response to user comments that the original framework was too vague in its Implementation Tiers, the measure by which organizations gauge their approach to managing cybersecurity risk.






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With telework on the rise, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is updating its guidelines for securing data to include smartphones, tablets, and unsecured laptops that may pose a greater weakness to a company’s security.






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Public-private partnerships are at the core of President Obama’s new Commission for Enhancing National Cybersecurity, according to representatives from the Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.






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