Archive for the ‘GSSD’ Category

Microsoft’s Perspective on the NIST Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework: Four Recommendations for the Final Stages of Development

December 19th, 2013 No comments

Last week, Microsoft filed comments with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework, which can be read here.  I wanted to share a summary of our perspective on the Framework, as well as our recommendations to NIST as they continue development for final publication in February 2014.  These comments are a continuation of our efforts to encourage thoughtful consideration of the Framework through convening events at our Innovation and Policy Centerparticipating in NIST’s Framework workshops, and delivering prior comments on the Framework and recommendations for incentives for its adoption.  Read more

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Maslow and Malware: Developing a Hierarchy of Needs for Cybersecurity

Posted by: Kevin Sullivan, Principal Security Strategist, Trustworthy Computing

The pervasive use of computing and the Internet means that cybersecurity is now a major concern for organizations around the world. In response, decision makers are developing plans that seek to ensure key assets, systems and networks remain protected in this new environment, while preserving the benefits that come with broad connectivity. However, these approaches vary considerably, according to the different needs and stages of development of individual countries. Read more

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Microsoft hosts cybersecurity and privacy professionals for discussion about the Cybersecurity Framework

October 31st, 2013 No comments

Last week, Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. convened a distinguished group of cybersecurity and privacy professionals from across industry sectors for a panel discussion about the forthcoming Cybersecurity Framework, expected from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in February 2014, and its implications for critical infrastructure organizations. 

I was pleased to participate as a panelist alongside:

  • Mark Clancy, CISO of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation
  • Trevor Hughes, President and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Mike Kuberski, Chief Information Security Officer of Pepco Holdings
  • Larry Trittschuh, Executive Director for Threat Management, General Electric
  • Fred Cate, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, who served as moderator

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Strengthening Cybersecurity Through National Strategies: Foundations for Security, Growth, and Innovation

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) offers great benefits for states and their citizens alike—increased efficiency and transparency in government, improvements in civil society, and it has become a major driver of economic growth. Yet along with these benefits have come new threats, including cybercrime such as identity theft and fraud, politically motivated attackers who threaten critical infrastructure, and sophisticated economic and military espionage. A series of recent cyberattacks have disrupted the critical operations of major energy and financial companies. These developments, and others, have made cybersecurity a top priority for governments around the world, Read more

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