Cyber Security Framework: Does Your Company Comply?
Stepping up security against cyber-attacks makes perfect sense considering all of the data breaches that have occurred , like Target, Neiman Marcus, etc.
27 February 2014
During last year’s State of the Union, President Obama spoke about an executive order directing the National Institute of Standards and Technology to compile a list of voluntary minimum standards for cyber-security. These standards have been released, and it looks like the White House is unveiling this cyber security framework to step up its own security while encouraging companies across the country to do the same.
Stepping up security against cyber-attacks makes perfect sense, considering all of the data breaches that have occurred lately, between Target, Neiman Marcus and obviously the NSA/Snowden leaks which have been made even more complicated by the recent revelation that Edward Snowden gained access to a colleague’s password.
However, it’s important to note that the framework that is being established is voluntary. While we all know that adding further processes and procedures at work isn’t necessarily met with cheers, protecting a company against potential attacks shouldn’t need to be made mandatory by the government to force organizations to follow them.
CIOs and IT professionals need to use these standards as a wake-up call. If the White House is putting the Department of Homeland Security in charge of boosting awareness (and coming up with incentives for companies to follow this framework), it might be time to take stock of what you’re doing at your own place of work. This might be as simple as making sure people lock their computers before going to a meeting, or more importantly, implementing a safe and secure way to share and collaborate internally and externally. Keeping your information safe has always been important, but with hackers on the loose, it’s time to step it up. And we might just have a solution for that.
Esther is a senior corporate communications manager at Intralinks. She provides content for internal and external communications activity as well as general corporate positioning in order to support overall company objectives. Esther has been creating communications materials for a variety of organizations and companies for more than 10 years. She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English Literature.