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Executive Order 13636: Cybersecurity Framework

Executive Order 13636: Cybersecurity Framework


Recognizing that the national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure, the President issued Executive Order (EO) 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, in February 2013. The Order directed NIST to work with stakeholders to develop a voluntary framework – based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices - for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure.

Latest Update to Industry

On December 11, 2015, NIST issued its third request for information (RFI), Views on the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, to receive feedback. The RFI analysis served as a starting point for discussion at the Cybersecurity Framework Workshop 2016, hosted by NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland on April 6 & 7, 2016. The workshop, with approximately 800 participants, continued important conversations begun in the recent RFI and included topics such as:

  • ways in which the Framework is being used to improve cybersecurity risk management,
  • how best practices for using the Framework are being shared,
  • the relative value of different parts of the Framework,
  • the possible need for an update of the Framework, and
  • options for long-term governance of the Framework.

Video recordings of many Workshop sessions, including various panels and a Framework Overview are available at the Workshop Webcast page.

In the coming weeks, NIST will further process the comments and suggestions of attendees and RFI respondents. A Workshop Summary will be published in May which will summarize the key takeaways from the workshop as well as propose next steps regarding a potential Framework update.

Background: Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Created through collaboration between industry and government, the Framework consists of standards, guidelines, and practices to promote the protection of critical infrastructure. The prioritized, flexible, repeatable, and cost-effective approach of the Framework helps owners and operators of critical infrastructure to manage cybersecurity-related risk.

The Framework Core and Informative Requirements are available as separate downloads in three formats: spreadsheet (Excel)alternate view (PDF), and database (FileMaker Pro). A companion Roadmap discusses future steps and identifies key areas of cybersecurity development, alignment, and collaboration. 

The Department of Homeland Security's Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community C³ Voluntary Program helps critical infrastructure owners and operators align with existing resources to assist them in using the Cybersecurity Framework and managing their cyber risks.

In addition to encouraging responses to the RFI, NIST welcomes informal feedback about the Framework and Roadmap. Organizations and individuals may contribute observations, suggestions, and examples of use and lessons learned to