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July 12, 2017  |  Inside Cybersecurity

A key industry representative for the electricity sector is recommending a security certification program for devices that connect to the internet, which could offer consumer “rebates” as a way to mitigate cybersecurity risks from the emerging Internet of Things. Wilcox offered his proposal near the end of the first day of a two-day meeting hosted by NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence on mitigating DDoS and botnet threats. NIST is hosting the event in its efforts to help develop a report required by President Trump's cybersecurity executive order on protecting critical government and industry systems from automated and distributed attacks.

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July 12, 2017  |  Inside Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded a two-day meeting today on addressing automated and distributed attacks on the internet, which highlighted the numerous and broad challenges policymakers face in mitigating threats from the emerging Internet of Things, including an undefined role for government and lack of consensus on the responsibility of developers in securing devices.

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July 11, 2017  |  Inside Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology kicked off a two-day meeting today where industry officials and regulators are discussing steps to mitigate the threat and impact of automated and distributed denial of service attacks, including the possibility of baseline security requirements for devices. The NIST meeting is being hosted by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and discussions are being driven in part by President Trump's cybersecurity executive order, which calls for a report on addressing DDoS and botnet attacks. Officials from the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission are participating in the effort.

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July 11, 2017  |  FCW

Ari Schwartz, former senior director for cybersecurity at the National Security Council and now with Venable LLP, said at a July 11 resilience workshop hosted by the National Institute for Standards and Technology that the proliferation of internet-connected devices -- many of which are insecure or can't be updated -- and increasing bandwidth of internet systems are leading to more, and more powerful, distributed denial of service  attacks. Repeaters and other technology are making attacks increasingly complex.

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July 11, 2017  |  BusinessWire

Clearwater Compliance, a leading provider of cybersecurity and compliance solutions, is pleased to announce it is the newest member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (NCEP) at NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). Clearwater joins 28 cybersecurity market leaders as part of the public-private industry collaboration that is focused on providing real-world, standards-based cybersecurity capabilities that address business needs. As an NCCoE NCEP member, Clearwater has pledged its award-winning cyber risk management software, methodology and expertise.

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July 11, 2017  |  SC Media

When Donna Dodson first became interested in security, there weren't any cybersecurity courses to be found and the definitive book for security pros was Dorothy Denning's 1982 tome, Cryptography and Data Security. Since then the topic has continued to grow as has the role of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where Dodson is chief cybersecurity adviser and the IT Laboratory associate director for cybersecurity.

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July 10, 2017  |  Inside Cybersecurity

NIST hosts at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Rockville, MD on Tuesday and Wednesday a workshop on “enhancing resilience of the internet and communications ecosystem,” where discussions about mitigating botnet threats, cyber best practices and standards, and government roles in securing cyberspace will take place.

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July 10, 2017  |  Inside Cybersecurity

Beginning Tuesday, NIST is hosting a two-day event on botnet threats and the resiliency of the internet, where industry input will be expected on a key requirement of the Trump order. The NIST event at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence will hear from industry leaders on emerging standards and “best practices,” product developments both for businesses and at home, and the role of government in mitigating distributed denial of service attacks.

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June 28, 2017  |  Inside Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is underscoring the need to develop consensus cybersecurity standards and “best practices” for the emerging Internet of Things, to avoid a patchwork of requirements.

Blog
June 27, 2017  |  Donna Dodson

As its name suggests, the internet of things will connect all kinds of things, bringing us a wealth of data about, well, everything that we can use to improve our lives. For example, internet-connected smart parking meters are helping people find available parking spaces, saving time, fuel and probably more than a few relationships. People are using fitness trackers to log their daily activity and achieve their fitness goals, making them healthier and happier. And technologies that promise to make travel safer and more convenient, such as self-driving cars and highway sensors that detect and adapt to real-time road conditions, are quickly moving from concept to reality.