IT Governance USA is pleased that the Trump administration just issued the United States’ first cybersecurity strategy in 15 years.
President Donald J. Trump stated: “We must protect the American people, the homeland, and our great American way of life.”
Fifteen years is the equivalent to a millennium in cybersecurity, because the challenges and technologies evolve on a near-monthly basis.
The introductory statement of Trump’s plan says:
Protecting America’s national security and promoting the prosperity of the American people are my top priorities. Ensuring the security of cyberspace is fundamental to both endeavors. Cyberspace is an integral component of all facets of American life, including our economy and defense. Yet, our private and public entities still struggle to secure their systems, and adversaries have increased the frequency and sophistication of their malicious cyber activities. America created the Internet and shared it with the world. Now, we must make sure to secure and preserve cyberspace for future generations.
Prior to the formal plan and building on the efforts of the Obama administration, President Trump signed an executive order on May 11, 2017, calling upon federal agency heads to use the CSF (Cybersecurity Framework) developed by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) to assess and manage cyber risk. The CSF is primarily intended for critical infrastructure organizations, but can be tailored and used by any organization, to manage and mitigate cybersecurity risk based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices.
Solutions from IT Governance USA
IT Governance USA now offers NIST Cybersecurity Framework – A Pocket Guide. This new pocket guide will help you gain a clear understanding of the CSF, teaching your organization how:
- The CSF came about
- To implement the Framework
- The CSF can support or review an existing cybersecurity program
- International standards such as ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 can be implemented alongside the Framework