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NIST Issues Draft Guidance on Cyber Best Practices for Federal Agencies

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has unveiled new draft guidance that suggests best practices for agencies to secure federal information systems, Nextgov reported Monday.

The Interagency Report 8170 document provides instructions on how federal agencies can utilize NIST frameworks to assess the cybersecurity of technology vendors and allocate cybersecurity responsibilities to various department sectors.

NIST drafted the guide to help federal officials evaluate an agency’s compliance with data privacy laws such as the Federal Information Security Management Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that mandates federal agencies to comply with NIST-developed cybersecurity frameworks.

NIST seeks ideas from the public on how to improve cybersecurity guidance for federal information technology managers, executives and other officials from private companies that work with the government.

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