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NIST Invites Comments on Challenges in Protecting Consumer Data

April 7th, 2015 / in Announcements, policy, Research News / by Helen Wright

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites the public to comment on a draft report from the Feb. 12, 2015, Executive Technical Workshop on Improving Cybersecurity and Consumer Privacy. The workshop, a collaboration with Stanford University, brought together chief technology officers, information officers and security executives to discuss the challenges their organizations and industrial sectors face in implementing advanced cybersecurity and privacy technologies. The following statement is from Donna Dodson, chief cybersecurity advisor for NIST.

We’d like to hear from workshop participants and those who couldn’t be there to help us develop and prioritize future NIST cybersecurity projects. Feedback such as this helps us ensure that we focus our efforts on projects that would be of the most value to industry and consumers.

Participants such as chief technology officers, information officers and security executives agreed on several potential methods to bolster cybersecurity in the retail, hospitality and healthcare sectors that handle consumer and patient information.

NIST will host a public meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Pacific time on April 21, 2015, at 835 Market Street, San Francisco.  A second meeting will be scheduled for early summer 2015 to receive feedback and further refine the scope of the projects listed in the report.

The summary document can be found on the NCCoE website. The comment period will run through May 17, 2015. Comments can be submitted via a form at or to, and will be made publicly available after review.

NIST Invites Comments on Challenges in Protecting Consumer Data