NIST requests comments on cybersecurity in the digital economy to inform CENC recommendations

On August 10, 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) issued a notice requesting public comment on the current and future state of cybersecurity in the digital economy.  The Request for Information (“RFI”) will serve to facilitate the work of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (“CENC”) in delivering detailed cybersecurity recommendations for the public and private sectors pursuant to Executive Order 13718.  The February 2016 Executive Order created CENC to develop a plan of action for the next decade to strengthen cybersecurity in the public and private sectors and reinforce partnerships between federal, state and local governments and the private sector. The Executive Order directs the Commission and the Secretary of Commerce to work with NIST to carry out its mission.

Potential topics of interest for the comments and perhaps the ultimate cybersecurity recommendations include critical infrastructure, insurance, federal governance, identity and access management, international markets, the internet of things, public awareness and education, and state and local government cybersecurity.  CENC is specifically seeking input on a broad range of current and future cybersecurity challenges and innovations, including emerging technology trends that will affect the security of the digital economy, economic incentives to enhance cybersecurity, and the role of government in enhancing cybersecurity for the private sector.

Comments must be received by September 9, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Responses to the RFI will be posted on the Commission’s website at   In addition to this RFI, the Commission has been engaged in hearings throughout the United States, with the two more planned for this year.