For businesses that are not part of the U.S. critical infrastructure sector, the U.S. Commerce Department is offering a new policy framework document to assist and protect companies where the internet is determined to be critical to the business.  The particular sector to best define the target audience of this report would be those businesses that range from small and medium enterprises, including bricks-and-mortar firms who offer online services to social networking sites and those internet-only businesses.

 

 

A summary of some of the specific recommendations to help those businesses reduce vulnerabilities and effects of potential threats would be:

  1. Establish nationally recognized but voluntary codes of conduct to minimize cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
  2. Develop incentives to combat cybersecurity threats.
  3. Improve public understanding of cybersecurity vulnerabilities through education and research.
  4. Enhance international collaboration on cybersecurity best practices to support expanded global markets for U.S. products.

If applicable, please pass this information along to those IT information security and cybersecurity specialist team members in your organization, as well as to those individuals held responsible for evaluating issues included in the  risk anagement and business continuity planning activities in your company.

To read the full report entitled, “Cybersecurity, Innovation and the Internet Economy”, click here.

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