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February 23, 2017  |  The Conversation

Security standards can help ensure utility companies keep their protection strong. The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has its own recommendations, though they are not mandatory for utilities. A draft version of a new set of guidelines was just released, adding both urgency and detail for utility companies.

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February 23, 2017  |  Waratek

Waratek, along with a group of companies including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Siemens, and RSA, worked closely with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoe) to develop an example solution for electric companies to alert their staff to potential or actual cyberattacks directed at the grid. The example draft outlines the implementation of this solution and comments from the public are sought until April 17, 2017.

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February 17, 2017  |  Inside Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released for public comment a draft guide for electric utilities to detect and remediate cyber anomalies, investigate those incidents and share findings with other energy companies. The draft guide on “Situational Awareness for Electric Utilities” was developed by NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence with input from industry, and provides an “example solution” to help utilities alert staff to potential and actual cyber attacks on the electric grid.

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December 20, 2016  |  Inside Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced a new opportunity for industry collaboration on multifactor authentication technology, in an effort to increase the security of online identities and reduce risk of online fraud.

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November 30, 2016  |  Inside Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence on Tuesday issued a call for organizations to provide products and technical knowledge to support new cybersecurity platforms for “mobile application single sign on” capabilities for the public safety sector and first responders.

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November 29, 2016  |  BusinessWire

The announcement comes at an opportune time for Clearwater as the company is experiencing record growth, a strong demand for its Cyber Risk Services (CRS) solution, a new managed solution to help hospital CIOs and CISOs safeguard their data, systems, and reputation and the company’s selection by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) for a first-of-its-kind risk assessment collaboration project, focusing on wireless IV medical infusion pumps.

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November 18, 2016  |  Cyber Mariner

 This is interesting as the Coast Guard develops the NVIC and may be a sign of future regulation with regard to cyber security of an asset in the Marine Transportation Sector.  Future profiles may include mobile offshore drilling operations, passenger vessel and terminal operations.  

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November 16, 2016  |  ExecutiveGov

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has collaborated with the U.S. Coast Guard and the oil and natural gas industry to develop a cybersecurity document that aims to ensure the safe transfer of hazardous liquids from marine vessels to ground pipelines and vehicles. NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) developed the cybersecurity framework profile in an effort to help risk managers, vessel operators, cyber professionals and operations executives evaluate cyber risks related to the “maritime bulk liquid transfer” process.

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November 15, 2016  |  GCN

The U.S. Coast Guard, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and stakeholders in the maritime and oil and natural gas industries have created a “profile” of voluntary guidelines to help secure the computers used to control valves, pumps and sensors used at facilities that transfer liquids on and off of shipping vessels.

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November 15, 2016  |  Homeland Security News Wire

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) oversees approximately 800 waterfront facilities that, among other activities, transfer hazardous liquids between marine vessels and land-based pipelines, tanks or vehicles. These “maritime bulk liquid transfers” increasingly rely on computers to operate valves and pumps, monitor sensors, and perform many other vital safety and security functions. This makes the whole system more vulnerable to cybersecurity issues ranging from malware to human error, and is the reason behind a new voluntary cybersecurity guide for the industry. Maritime bulk liquid transfer processes are part of a complex and sophisticated supply chain of the oil and natural gas industry that brings together various types of organizations and systems. The USCG and industry representatives joined with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to develop a profile to help those organizations assess their cybersecurity risk.