These are just recommendations and not yet official Administration policy

An Executive Order from earlier this year has spurred a list of incentives for the widespread acceptance of a national cybersecurity framework.

The White House published the possible incentives on its blog yesterday. They revolve around three key ideas: information sharing, privacy, and adoption of cybersecurity practices.

Some of the incentives include federal grant programs; risk-based insurance pricing; public recognition for participants in the program, and collaboration with utility companies for rates and investments. 

"Over the next few months, agencies will examine these options in detail to determine which ones to adopt and how, based substantially on input from critical infrastructure stakeholders," said Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator. "We believe that sharing the findings and our plans for continued work will promote transparency and sustain a public conversation about the recommendations. Publishing these agency reports is therefore an interim step and does not indicate the Administration’s final policy position on the recommend actions."

As Daniel mentioned, these are just recommendations and not yet official Administration policy. A draft of the framework is expected by October, and the final release will come in February 2014. 

These incentives are a result of an Executive Order signed by President Barack Obama back in February. The Executive Order calls for improving the management of cyber risk.

Strengthening cybersecurity in the U.S. has been an important topic over the years as a result of issues like cyber attacks from China. Back in March of this year, President Obama met with top tech CEOs in The White House Situation Room to discuss how the government and private sector can best work together to improve the nation’s cybersecurity.

Source: The White House

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