The National Institute of Standards and Technology will review its cryptographic standards development process and subject it to public comment and a formal review by an independent organization, the agency announced Nov. 1. In addition, Computer Security Division Chief Donna Dodson wrote that NIST will examine its existing body of cryptographic work and the procedures used to develop them, promising to address any cases where in retrospect the agency fell short "as quickly as possible."
A slightly-delayed preliminary federal cybersecurity framework detailing cybersecurity standards meant for voluntary adoption by private sector operators of critical infrastructure that the National Institute of Standards and Technology released Tuesday still leaves unanswered questions about how adoption will be measured.
The National Institute of Standards today release a much anticipated, slightly delayed preliminary draft (.pdf) of the cybersecurity framework meant for voluntary adoption by private sector operators of critical infrastructure.
National Institute of Standards and Technology Director Patrick Gallagher again defended his agency's collaboration with the National Security Agency over cybersecurity standards development.
The chair and ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee--Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), respectively--formally introduced a bill (S. 1353) July 25 that would codify into law the cybersecurity framework called for by President Obama in a Feb. 12 executive order. The committee will meet July 30 to vote on the bill and others.
"We need Congress to enact a suite of comprehensive cybersecurity legislation," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in testimony before Senate committees. The Government Accountability Office also suggests the White House cybersecurity coordinator develop an overarching strategy that integrates the executive order with existing cyber guidance.
The intersection of cloud computing and big data gives government agencies opportunities in areas such as DNA sequencing and national security, said speakers at a National Institute of Standards and Technology workshop. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said that the federal government in only at the "tip of the iceberg" in its use of cloud and big data.
Whether or not members of Congress support the Obama administration's proposal for a $1 billion National Network for Manufacturing Innovation effort may depend on which side of a debate over the state of American manufacturing representatives fall, says the Congressional Research Service.Those of a view that U.S. manufacturing is in decline point to the decades-long overall decline of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. economy. At its peak, in June 1979, manufacturing employed 19.6 million Americans, 41 percent of the workforce.
The NNMI has not yet begun because Congress must enact legislation to fund it. In the meantime, the administration is working on the requirements and principles for the model.
The president's fiscal 2013 budget request makes a significant cuts to NASA's education programs, but according to John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, these cuts do