Following up on its April 16 announcement of the release of version 1.1 of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a public webcast tomorrow to explain the updates. The framework is growing in popularity, with Gartner revealing that the framework is now used by 30% of U.S. organizations. Adoption is projected to reach 50% by 2020. Users include critical infrastructure giants Bank of America, U.S. Bank, and Pacific Gas & Electric, as well as Intel, Apple, AIG, QVC, Walgreen’s and Kaiser Permanente.
Nozomi Networks President and CEO Edgard Capdevielle offered the following insight into the updating of the NIST Framework. “NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework has been a collaborative effort involving stakeholders from government, industry and academia and will influence industries across the globe to become more responsible and accountable for building and maintaining their own cybersecurity posture. Primary updates to authentication and identity, self-assessing cybersecurity risk and management and vulnerability disclosure will help encourage broader adoption of the Cybersecurity Framework and cultivate a culture of innovation through transparency that the industrial and cybersecurity community could definitely use more of.”
As an example of the positive impact NIST has across industries, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released an update to its “Pipeline Security Guidelines” that was directly influenced by NIST’s framework.