America’s NIST Seeks Public Comments on Cybersecurity and Cryptography

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has its own “Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity,” and this week they issued a call for public comments on “current and future challenges” involving critical infrastructure cybersecurity, the concept of cybersecurity insurance, public awareness, and the internet of things (among other topics) for both the private and public sector.

Long-time Slashdot reader Presto Vivace quotes The Hill: it is specifically asking for projections on policies, economic incentives, emerging technologies, useful metrics and other current and potential solutions throughout the next decade… Comments will be due by 5 p.m. on September 9.

Internet services “have come under attack in recent years in the form of identity and intellectual property theft, deliberate and unintentional service disruption, and stolen data,” writes NIST. “Steps must be taken to enhance existing efforts to increase the protection and resilience of the digital ecosystem, while maintaining a cyber environment that encourages efficiency, innovation, and economic prosperity.” Separately, NIST is also requesting comments on a new process to “solicit, evaluate, and standardize one or more quantum-resistant public-key cryptographic algorithms… If large-scale quantum computers are ever built, they will be able to break many of the public-key cryptosystems currently in use. This would seriously compromise the confidentiality and integrity of digital communications on the Internet and elsewhere… NIST plans to specify preliminary evaluation criteria for quantum-resistant public key cryptography standards.”


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