OCT 06, 2021 | US
Software Group: More Work Needed To Reach ‘Consensus’ Over NIST Labeling Criteria
Inside Cybersecurity, October 6, 2021
By Sara Friedman
NIST’s recent consumer software labeling workshop shows more work is needed to reach a “consensus” between government and industry over what criteria should be included in a potential pilot program, according to a leading software industry association.
Henry Young, policy director for BSA | The Software Alliance, told Inside Cybersecurity, the discussion at the workshop was “positive” and “substantive.” However, he said “people are struggling through the challenges but I don’t think there is anything approaching a consensus at this point.”
One of the areas of concern for BSA is the comparison of a software cybersecurity label to Energy Star which is issued to evaluate energy efficiency. Young called the relationship between the two “a bad analogy” because Energy Star is “basically stable” and cybersecurity is a “dynamic environment.”
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.