New DHS C3 Voluntary Program Initiative

[Editor’s Note:  The information below is taken from the Homeland Security webpage that talks about cyber security http://www.dhs.gov/about-critical-infrastructure-cyber-community-c%C2%B3-voluntary-program.  You are encouraged to visit this site to learn more about this important initiative.

Because cybersecurity and physical security are increasingly interconnected, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is partnering with the critical infrastructure community to establish a voluntary program to encourage use of the [Cyber Security] Framework to strengthen critical infrastructure cybersecurity.

The Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community – C³  –  (pronounced “C Cubed”) Voluntary Program is the coordination point within the Federal Government for critical infrastructure owners and operators interested in improving their cyber risk management processes. The C³ Voluntary Program aims to: 1) support industry in increasing its cyber resilience; 2) increase awareness and use of the Framework; and 3) encourage organizations to manage cybersecurity as part of an all hazards approach to enterprise risk management.

The C³ Voluntary Program’s launch in February 2014 coincides with the release of the final Framework. The C³ Voluntary Program’s focus during the first year will be engagement with Sector Specific Agencies (SSAs) and organizations using the Framework to develop guidance on how to implement the Framework. Later phases of the C³ Voluntary Program will broaden the program’s reach to all critical infrastructure and businesses of all sizes that are interested in using the Framework.

You may also download the Framework at Cybersecurity Framework (the Framework).

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