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NIST Partnership with Private Sector Is Key Element in Improving Cybersecurity, Says BSA

WASHINGTON, DC — July 25, 2013 —

BSA | The Software Alliance today commended Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-S.D.) for drawing attention to the critical role that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plays as a trusted partner with industry on cybersecurity standards and best practices.

The Committee was set to hold a hearing on the subject Thursday afternoon. BSA's comments came in a letter to Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Thune expressing support for their Cybersecurity Act of 2013 (S.1353), which would bolster key elements of NIST's authorizing statute to strengthen its work with industry.

"The development and widespread adoption of voluntary, industry-led standards and best practices are critical steps in thwarting threats to critical infrastructure," the letter read. "The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has an important role to play in this as a convener of security experts and as a trusted advisor to industry. BSA believes that the clarifications S.1353 would make to NIST's authorizing statute will help ensure that NIST's current practices for engaging with industry on the development of cybersecurity standards are firmly enshrined in the law."

"We appreciate and commend your commitment to upholding the principle of technology neutrality. Promoting nimble, adaptive, market-driven standards rather than dictating how IT products and services are designed, developed or manufactured will encourage rapid innovation in the field of cybersecurity by allowing BSA members and other stakeholders to lead the way in creating effective new solutions."

Click here for a copy of the letter.

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