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NIST Releases Draft of Inter-agency Document On Federal IT Security and Privacy

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the first draft of special publication 800-53 revision 4 yesterday, providing revisions to the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). The update represents a year-long effort by NIST’s Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative that included collaboration with the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, the Committee on National Security Systems, and the Department of Homeland Security to revise cybersecurity standards. The document provides guidance on how to address and protect against new information security threats and incorporates new privacy controls to the framework that federal agencies use to protect their information and information systems. For more information, see this NIST Press Release. The current proposals in the document are considered a draft, and NIST invites public comment by April 6 (that should be sent to The final document is expected to be released in July 2012.

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