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Phyllis Schneck: Voluntary Program Could Help Raise Cybersecurity Discussions in the Private Sector

Phyllis Schneck - McAfee, ExecutiveMosaicThe National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Homeland Security Department are working together to continue engaging the private sector to help boost the nation’s critical infrastructure, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Lauren Larson writes that government officials have observed progress in the NIST’s cybersecurity framework before its implementation.

“We’re putting all our resources out to the private sector. We are not asking them to report if they’ve used it or not,” sais Phyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS.

Schneck also told Federal News Radio that some companies are not aware that they must protect themselves from cybersecurity threats.

“So the issue is, how do we raise cybersecurity to a business discussion? I think the framework and the voluntary program will get it to the boardroom, because it becomes part of the risk,” she told the station.

Schneck added that companies are also wary of the liability that could arise from sharing information with the government, Federal News Radio reports.

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