The Obama administration on Wednesday released its final version of its "cybersecurity framework," a best practices guide for banking, defense, utilities and other industries to help protect themselves against attacks by hackers.
The framework, which sets voluntary guidelines for critical industries, comes after
"While I believe today's framework marks a turning point, it's clear that much more work needs to be done to enhance our cybersecurity," Obama said. "America's economic prosperity, national security and our individual liberties depend on our commitment to securing cyberspace and maintaining an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet. Our critical infrastructure continues to be at risk from threats in cyberspace, and our economy is harmed by the theft of our intellectual property."
Obama, who first made the call to create the guidelines in his 2013 State of the Union address, specifically called on the government to tap private industry and come up with a plan to improve information-sharing with the private sector and raise the level of cybersecurity across critical U.S. infrastructure by encouraging widely accepted standards and best practices, all while keeping civil liberty concerns in mind.
The framework is built around five categories -- identify; protect; detect; respond; and recover -- that companies should consider in cybersecurity plans.
The current framework does not include tax breaks or other financial incentives, something that could give industry the push to adopt the framework. Still, even without financial incentives, the
"There's an enlightened self-interest here that we are counting on," said a senior administration official, not authorized to comment who requested anonymity.
One major tech group was encouraged by the framework. "We are confident" it will "preserve IT innovation and technology neutrality," the
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