New NIST Security Guidelines Raise the Bar

Updated: Jul 22

On May 12th President Biden signed the Executive Order (EO) on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. It focused most specifically on critical infrastructure, but a closer examination of all that is involved reveals that cyber security will be required in the fulfillment of the order. It will undoubtedly raise the bar for information security across the board for all U.S. government entities and—importantly—their suppliers. This is more than a nod of acknowledgement that our country is woefully behind in the race to become a leader in defense. Our Defenses have always seemed to take a back seat to building our offensive capabilities, regardless of which aspect of defense is assessed. The President obviously intends to see agencies bring about a significant improvement in their operations.