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Phyllis Schneck: DHS Seeks Info on Cyber Services to Small, Midsize Firms

Phyllis Schneck - McAfee, ExecutiveMosaicThe Department of Homeland Security has requested information on the availability of cybersecurity services to small and midsized companies in order to determine how those firms could adopt the government’s new voluntary cybersecurity measures, FCW reported Friday.

Adam Mazmanian writes the RFI is part of the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community program that aims to make resources available to such companies for adoption of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s cybersecurity framework.

“DHS issued this RFI to engage the private-sector community towards driving markets and innovation through economies of scale to deliver the best cybersecurity to all of our companies and citizens,” said Phyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at DHS’ national protection and programs directorate.

According to Mazmanian, the RFI is intended to evaluate the NIST framework’s potential impact on service prices, potential obstacles to providing services for SMBs and the government’s involvement in driving framework adoption.

Responses to the RFI are due April 20.

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