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'Baby Teeth' In Infrastructure Cyber Security Framework
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JeremiahT680
JeremiahT680,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/15/2014 | 1:07:22 PM
Netowrk Infrastructure
So i came to the conclusion w/ all of the NSA spying that basically it comes down to this. The internet would fail w/o the NSA... basically they have a vested interest in the internet and have exploited vulnerabilities for years.. let alone if they have contingencies for exposure of vulnerabilities.. Its like this... they created it and will always have control of it.. The internet was not created for your amusement.. it was created to transmit secure classified data efficiently is all im saying.. they have spied will spy and probably never quit spying.. thats not opinion... that is fact.. I am totally against them spying on civiliian communications but its nothing new if you look at history..
Frymier
Frymier,
User Rank: Author
4/14/2014 | 7:11:29 PM
Re: Still not enough...
you may be right - the private sector could well lead the way - but remember that a desire to avoid legislation/regualtion is how we got PCI.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
4/14/2014 | 6:01:31 PM
Re: Still not enough...
If the private sector were leading the way and maintaining the cybersecurity infrastructure of our critical infrastructure, why would we need an NIST framework in the first place? 
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
4/14/2014 | 4:37:07 PM
Re: Still not enough...
Sadly, it will most likely take another incident like a huge blackout -- or worse -- for either the public sector or private sector to take the steps we need to improve the security around our critical infrastructure. But in this political and economic climate, I'm not holding my breathe, either. 
Randy Naramore
Randy Naramore,
User Rank: Ninja
4/14/2014 | 4:08:50 PM
Re: Still not enough...
If securing the infrastructure is going to be done right the private sector will need to lead the charge. The government has too much red-tape to make doing anything quick or right. We need to take the initiative to secure our infrastructure immediately before something really goes wrong.
Paladium
Paladium,
User Rank: Moderator
4/14/2014 | 1:15:14 PM
Still not enough...
The problem is still the complete lack of directive language that has functional meaning.  This NIST document does not contain any directives such as "Thou shalt do X", and its taken them two years or so to reach this point.  The NERC CIP standards are still vague and allows both CI owners/operators and auditors to interpret the meaning of the standards.  FFIEC and GLBA are even worse when it comes to directives.  So as long as CI is treated as a game of politics and budgets, and is left up to personal interpretation by all parties, the risks will continue to grow... until its too late and we have a major incident.  Shame on us!

 


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