Why NIST Needs to be The Common Language of Cyber

In a Federal Radio News article published Monday, Kevin Reid (VP of national security and CIO of KeyLogic Systems) wrote, “The United States needs to determine exactly how we are going to exist and communicate in cyberspace", following the White House Executive Order (EO).

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a common language for communicating cybersecurity goals, policies, and objectives.  Reid wrote, "People cannot participate in cyberspace by simply creating and disposing of their own rules, nor can people exist in cyberspace without a means to communicate with each other". In the three years since its release, the NIST CSF has become standard, used by 30 percent of U.S. companies and projected to reach 50 percent by 2020. NIST promotes standardization, transparency, and the flexibility to be secure but not constrictive. Without the use of NIST, inconsistencies will arise in our cyber language that can easily weaken the defense systems we have in place.

Read the source article on Federal News Radio.