On September 3, 2020, Ari Schwartz was quoted in Inside Cybersecurity regarding government-industry collaboration. According to Schwartz, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) continue to lead the way on partnering with industry but that collaboration between business sectors and other federal agencies has fallen off in recent years.
CISA Director Christopher “Krebs has done a really good job of engaging industry in public-private partnerships, but in the rest of the government – beyond CISA and NIST – the amount of ongoing collaboration has gone down,” Schwartz told Inside Cybersecurity.
Among the partnerships that are underway, CISA is leading a major collaboration in the information and communications technology space, for instance, while NIST is working with industry partners on updating its supply-chain risk management guidance 800-161, Schwartz noted.
But other initiatives aimed at critical infrastructure sectors – such as the Energy Department’s bulk power security efforts and the Pentagon’s cyber certification program – “don’t qualify as public-private partnerships,” Schwartz said. “Those are regulatory demands on contractors. And it’s not coordinated either. Sectors are doing what they need to do, but collaboration would be better.”
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