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Cyber commission wants public ideas for bolstering IT security

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The Commission for Enhancing National Cybersecurity has issued a request for information to inform its recommendations on how to strengthen IT security in both the public and private sectors.

The 12-person commission of technologists and cyber experts was founded in February through executive order, and is directed to gather information make its recommendations on how to bolster cybersecurity over the next decade. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is tasked with providing the commission with funds, facilities, equipment and other assistance.

Specifically, the RFI seeks ideas on cybersecurity insurance, research and workforce development, as well as cybersecurity for state and local governments and critical infrastructure.

The request also seeks information on the Internet of Things, federal governance, identity and access management, international trade and public awareness and education.

For each topic, the commission requests that responses highlight current and future trends, challenges, approaches, potential solutions and recommendations as part of a one-page executive summary of the comment submitted. For the challenges and approaches associated with each topic, the RFI seeks input on current and future trends, challenges, examples of public-private cooperation, economic incentives, the role of government and ways to measure progress in augmenting cybersecurity.

Input is not restricted to the topic areas and criteria outlined in the RFI by the commission, however.

Comments will be accepted from citizens, companies, federal agencies and state, local and tribal governments. All responses received will be posted on the NIST.gov website without redactions or edits.

The period for public comment is scheduled to close Sept. 9, and the commission's final report will be submitted to the president by Dec. 1. 

About the Author

Chase Gunter is a staff writer covering civilian agencies, workforce issues, health IT, open data and innovation.

Prior to joining FCW, Gunter reported for the C-Ville Weekly in Charlottesville, Va., and served as a college sports beat writer for the South Boston (Va.) News and Record. He started at FCW as an editorial fellow before joining the team full-time as a reporter.

Gunter is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where his emphases were English, history and media studies.

Click here for previous articles by Gunter, or connect with him on Twitter: @WChaseGunter

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