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FISMA Standards Could Have a Major Impact on the Private Sector

The public is taking an increasing interest in ensuring that IT assets of federal agencies are protected from cybersecurity attacks. FISMA is addressing this concern, in part, by initiating a standard setting process for continuous monitoring.

The actions taken by NIST for the federal sector could have a very significant impact on the private sector because pending legislation would provide the federal government with the authority to mandate cybesecurity measures on the private sector.

To enhance the utility of NIST FISMA documents, including in the event that they are applied to private sector entities, and to comply with President Obama's Open Government Directive, the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE) is recommending that NIST publish on the internet all comments received on draft documents.

CRE's letter to NIST may be found on their FISMA Focus Interactive Public Docket.

By Bruce Levinson, SVP, Regulatory Intervention - Center for Regulatory Effectiveness
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