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NIST: Draft Report Calls for For More Gov’t Employee Help in Intl Cyber Standards

cybersecurityAn interagency group has released a draft report advising the federal government to further involve government employees in the development of international standards on cybersecurity in an effort to protect data and communications systems from cyber threats.

The Commerce Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology leads the International Cybsersecurity Standards Working Group established by the cyber interagency policy panel of the National Security Council, NIST said Tuesday.

The report cites four strategic goals for the creation and adoption of international cybersecurity standards within the federal government, such as improving public safety and national security and promoting international trade.

Collaboration with the industry, coordination across federal agencies and the need to launch efforts to promote adoption of evaluation schemes and international standards are among the working group’s eight recommendations in order for the government to meet those objectives.

The working group will accept public comments on the draft report through Sept. 24.

NIST will use the draft document as a basis for its own report to Congress in compliance with the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014.

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