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InduSoft Report: NIST Cybersecurity Framework Workshop

Recently, InduSoft attended the NIST workshop held to promote SCADA security. Here is the report of the event from our own Richard Clark.

NIST(National Institute for Standards and Technology) held the 2nd of 4 workshops on creating a Cybersecurity Framework that be applied across any platform and also be vendor independent, during the week of May 26, 2013.  These workshops are the result of Executive Order 13636, tasking NIST with creating the Cybersecurity Framework.

This NIST workshop was sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and brought together every industry and U.S. government entity using any automation and control, in order to get input for National Cybersecurity Framework Guidance that can be applied to any automation system.  The Workshop was free of charge.  The plenary webcasts from the workshop will be available on the NIST website approximately June 5 at http://www.nist.gov/itl/csd/2nd-cybersecurity-framework-workshop-webcast.cfm until about June 30th or so. Detailed information about the Workshop and what went on is located here:  http://www.nist.gov/itl/csd/cybersecurity-framework-workshop-may-29-31-2013.cfm, including the agenda, which describes the topics of the Workshop Tracks.  All attendees of the workshop were able to attend all 4 tracks and offer input to each topic listed.

InduSoft attended this workshop in order to represent our customers and the various verticals, situations, and uses that InduSoft is currently integrated into.  InduSoft recognizes the importance of providing valued guidance in assisting our customers in constructing secure SCADA applications, projects, and implementations.  Attending this workshop is only one step in that process.  Others include Security Webinars, with the next on June 12, 2013 at 08:00 and 15:00 UTC -6.  Registration information and more information on the InduSoft SCADA Security webinar is located here.  The topic is Best Practices and the speaker is Vern Williams, the Chief Security Officer of Cyber Defenses, Inc.

The 3rd NIST Cybersecurity Framework Workshop will be in July in San Diego, where the ideas and concepts presented that were defined at Workshop #2 will be presented and further solidified into guidance.  Customers are welcome to provide any pertinent input that they feel would be appropriate to the input already provided during workshop #2 to: cyberframework@nist.gov before June 30.  Additionally the 3rd and 4th workshops are open to the public and also will be free of charge.  More information about upcoming events that NIST is sponsoring, along with a variety of other useful materials is available at: http://www.nist.gov.

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