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S. Christopher (Kit) Winter Authors Inside Counsel Article on NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework

Provides Insight Into Commerce Department’s Long-Awaited Guide Designed to Help Companies in Critical Sectors of National Infrastructure Identify and Address Cybersecurity Risk

March 7, 2014

S. Christopher (Kit) Winter, a Los Angeles-based member in Dykema’s Litigation practice, is authoring a series of articles for Inside Counsel that focuses on the legal and business challenges posed by new and rapidly evolving technology. The latest installment in this series—“Technology: Dissecting the First Version of the NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework”—appears in the March 7, 2014 issue of Inside Counsel.

In the article, Winter discusses the recently-released framework for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity, a model developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to help businesses in critical sectors of the nation’s economy—energy, health care, financial services, communications—understand the security (and vulnerability) of their information networks.

Winter explains how this NIST framework provides and defines a common taxonomy and mechanism that enables organizations—not simply in these critical areas, but in any business or industry—to understand their current level of cybersecurity and to shape efforts to lessen cybersecurity risks in a smart, principled manner.