NIST Official: Internet of Things is Indefensible

 According to NIST fellow Ron Ross, the interconnectivity of the Internet of Things makes cyber threats inevitable.

The interconnectivity of the Internet of Things (IOT) leaves public and private computer systems essentially indefensible, and no amount of security guidance can provide salvation.

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CIOs Say Cybersecurity Information Sharing Has a Long Way to Go

President Barack Obama, who has characterized cybercrime as a “national emergency’ and authorized sanctions against foreign nationals and governments that participate in significant cyberattacks against U.S.

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WIS3 Sessions Available on You Tube!

Did you miss the 2015 Workshop on Information Sharing and Safeguarding Standards (WIS3) that was held on 26 March 2015? If you did, or even if you were there and want to listen again, the sessions are now on the Standards Coordinating Council's YouTube Channel at

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Global Releases Two Reference Service Standards: Entity Resolution and Merge Notification

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—in response to recommendations from the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) to the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing, together with support from the Global Standards Council (GSC)—is pleased to announce that the following Global standards have been released and are available for download.  

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From the ISE: Cross Domain Threat & Risk Information Sharing

A successful information sharing environment (ISE) requires active communities of interest (COI) to implement information sharing best practices. In the threat and risk arena, this involves a COI that brings together the mission focus for integrated threat along with risk management and situational awareness, and also combines standards, technologies, and capabilities.

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Greater Voluntary Cybersecurity Threat Info Sharing Would Help Protect and Defend Networks

When we surf the Internet, conduct e-commerce, or send emails and texts, we often don’t think about the tremendous work or resources going on behind the scenes to protect the networks and information we routinely use to connect and accomplish our daily tasks. Those networks are constantly besieged by increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals, and voluntary cybersecurity threat information sharing is a tool currently used to protect sensitive data, networks, and control systems.  

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From the ISE: Framework to Support Attribute-based Access Control

Interoperable systems cannot exist if they don’t speak the same language. The Program Manager – Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, completed a Digital Policy Management (DPM) Framework for Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC), publicly available at

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Written Testimony of NPPD - Examining the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal

Written testimony of NPPD Under Secretary Suzanne Spaulding and NPPD Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity & Communications Phyllis Schneck for a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing titled “Examining the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal”

Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Thompson, and distinguished Members of the Committee, we are pleased to appear today to discuss the President’s cybersecurity legislative proposal on information sharing.

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Executive Order - Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. In order to address cyber threats to public health and safety, national security, and economic security of the United States, private companies, nonprofit organizations, executive departments and agencies (agencies), and other entities must be able to share information related to cybersecurity risks and incidents and collaborate to respond in as close to real time as possible.

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From the ISE: Reflections and Resources from the MIT Chief Data Officer Forum

Last week, I had the privilege of speaking to an accomplished group of Information Technology professionals at the 5th MIT Chief Data Officer Forum. This event, organized by the Sloane School of Management, allowed practitioners to discuss emerging and challenging topics across the public and private sectors.

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