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Development of USCG/NIST Cybersecurity Framework ‘MODU Profile’ launched at IADC

IADC helped the US Coast Guard (USCG) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) launch development of a new Cybersecurity Framework Profile for MODUs. The work was done during a two-day joint meeting, which also included API, held during January in Houston. The profile is designed to assist MODU operators in using NIST’s voluntary 2014 guidelines “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”

As envisioned, the profile will help offshore stakeholders assess and mitigate cybersecurity risks in the mission areas they share with the USCG. The MODU profile follows development by USCG and NCCoE of a similar profile for maritime bulk-liquid transfers.

NIST developed the Cybersecurity Framework in response to President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” The voluntary framework, the result of industry-government collaboration, addresses “cybersecurity in a cost-effective way based on business needs,” according to NIST.

Proposed updates for version 1.1 of the framework are available for review and comment. The deadline for comments is 10 April.

Click here to review draft v1.1 of the Framework.

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