WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Ann M. Beauchesne issued the following statement today regarding the release of the Cybersecurity Framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as directed by President Obama in Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity:
“The Chamber has valued NIST’s involvement with the cybersecurity framework as they have treated the business community as a genuine partner in identifying existing cybersecurity standards and practices that are effective in improving security and resilience. Much still remains to be seen in terms of how the cyber framework is implemented and revised, especially the roles that regulatory agencies and departments will play.
“We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with the Department of Homeland Security as they implement this voluntary program which will support critical infrastructure owners and operators with existing resources to manage their cyber risks and to increase our nation’s overall cybersecurity.
“However, the Chamber believes that the framework will be fundamentally incomplete without the enactment of information-sharing legislation. Businesses need policies that foster public-private partnerships—unencumbered by legal and regulatory penalties—so that individuals can experiment freely and quickly to counter evolving threats to U.S. companies. We will continue to work with Congress toward this goal.”
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