The US Government has released a draft for cybersecurity guidelines to address a wide range of cyber threats on critical infrastructure. According to the report, the guidelines are a voluntary for companies including oil firms, large pharmaceuticals, banks, which are considered vital to US security.

The US Institute of Standards and Technology will finalize the document in early 2014, after receiving a public feedback about the guidelines. The 47-page draft will include inputs from about 3,000 experts.

The executive order contains two main components: Vocabulary information sharing, and the development of the cybersecurity framework.

The core of the framework has five functions: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover.


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