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All Infrastructure and the NIST Framework

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By David Sheidlower Global Media and Advertising Executive

Each infrastructure is critical to someone. Go ahead: ask a CIO if they are in charge of something other than “critical infrastructure” and see what they say. In fact, the increasing criticality of all aspects of infrastructure underlies all our assumptions about security and privacy.

This article is the first in a series where I will take a close look at the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity which NIST first published in February of 2014. In challenging and reframing some of the assumptions in the document, I hope I can be forgiven for completely ignoring the idea that there might be “non-critical” infrastructure that would not be in scope. The document’s own statement for its importance, its preamble, is somewhat narrow and misleading:

“The national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure. Cybersecurity threats exploit...(continued)

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