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Cybersecurity

Ensuring the security of our interconnected global networks, and the devices and data connected to those networks, is one of the defining challenges of our era.

The Department of Commerce is tasked with enhancing cybersecurity awareness and protections, protecting privacy, maintaining public safety, supporting economic and national security, and empowering Americans to better manage their safety online.

NIST Releases Version 1.1 of its Popular Cybersecurity Framework

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released version 1.1 of its popular Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, more widely known as the Cybersecurity Framework . “Cybersecurity is critical for national and economic security,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The voluntary NIST Cybersecurity Framework should be...

Strengthen U.S. Economic and National Security

Economic security is national security. America is safer when important technology and essential products are produced domestically. Today, our nation’s economic prosperity and security are challenged by competitors and adversaries that engage in illegal trade practices, steal intellectual property (IP), and engage in cybercrime. Extreme weather, such as the six Category 4 or higher hurricanes...

Cybersecurity Apprenticeships Enhance Cybersecurity Infrastructure

By Marian Merritt , Lead for Industry Engagement, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce When Khabran Peters, a former member of the Army National Guard was researching his training options to transition into the secure software development field, he discovered the Community Initiative Center of Excellence for...

U.S. Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security Release Preliminary Report on Promoting Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a draft report to President Trump in response to the May 11, 2017, Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. “Cybersecurity is perhaps one of the most serious threats we face,” said Secretary Ross. “President Trump understands the...

Remaining Safe in a “Smart” World

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Department of Commerce – in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign – is highlighting the importance of cybersecurity and online safety. Is your robotic vacuum or pet webcam making your home network less safe? We’re surrounded by the internet of things (IoT) where items like thermostats, light...

Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Responsibility

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Department of Commerce – in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign – is highlighting the importance of cybersecurity and online safety. As recent major cybersecurity incidents have occurred, cybercriminals often rely on human error – like failing to install software patches, clicking on...

The Department of Commerce Celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Department of Commerce – in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign – is highlighting the importance of cybersecurity and online safety. This October, the Department of Commerce is proud to participate as a partner in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an effort from coast to coast...