The National Institute of Standards and Technology is planning guidance on how agencies can better cooperate and respond to cybersecurity incidents.
“Unfortunately, modern computing systems frequently are exposed to various forms of cyber attack,” NIST said in its recently published request for information. Despite use of defensive technologies, some attacks will be successful. The proposed special publication will help answer the question, what comes next?
“This is a challenging area,” said Lee Badger, security components and mechanisms group leader in NIST’s computer security division. And response is complicated by the need for cooperation when security incidents cross agency boundaries. “This happens informally a lot. It is important to do a better job of this,” and the proposed guidelines could help formalize the process.