Helpful Resources for Federal Cyber Security Efforts

In February, President Obama signed an Executive Order to strengthen the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure by increasing information sharing and by jointly developing and implementing a framework of cybersecurity practices with industry partners.  The two pronged effort is designed to:  a) expand the voluntary Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program, enabling near real time sharing of cyber threat information to assist participating critical infrastructure companies in their cyber protection efforts, and b) task NIST to work collaboratively with critical infrastructure stakeholders to develop the framework relying on existing international standards, practices, and procedures that have proven to be effective.

Our colleagues at EPA’s Water Security Division have put together the following list of web links that may be helpful should you want to learn more about cyber security, the proposed Federal approach, and potential impacts on the Water Sector.  Following the links, ASDWA has created a brief glossary to define some of the acronyms used in these links.

Websites of Interest

 EO = Executive Order

PPD = Presidential Policy Directive

ITF = Integrated Task Force

NIST = National Institute of Standards & Technology

RFI = Request for Information

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