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White House Enlists Silicon Valley in Battle Against Hackers

The Obama Administration has created a framework for small businesses thwarting cyber attacks.
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Attention, Silicon Valley: You've been enlisted in the fight against cyber attacks. 

On Wednesday, the Obama administration unveiled its plan to help companies to keep cyber intrusions at bay, or what Lisa Monaco, the president's counterterrorism adviser, called "a common language to discuss cybersecurity." Originally, the plan was intended for large companies such as banks and government agencies, but top officials have expanded it to include small private companies, reported Reuters

The 39-page Cybersecurity Framework contains three main parts, beginning with a set of core practices for companies to stave off attacks, which fall under five functions: identify, protect, detect, respond, and recover. The second part includes companies "profiles," which will be used to help companies develop their security plans, and the third includes "tiers" that label the effectiveness of a company's current security plan. 

Thwarting cyber attacks has become a major focus for small businesses, given the recent data breaches of Target and Neiman Marcus over the holidays. While the Cybersecurity Framework program is voluntary, the Department of Homeland Security hopes it can sweeten the deal with incentives for companies. Though those are still being determined, Techcrunch predicts they may include cybersecurity insurance, grant funding, and IT support. 

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Last updated: Feb 13, 2014

ABIGAIL TRACY

Abigail Tracy is a staff reporter for Inc. magazine. Previously, she worked for Seattle Metropolitan magazine and Chicago magazine.




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