Cyber Coalition Enhances Framework Profile to Include Botnet Mitigation in Response to Report Calling for Increased Public-Private Partnerships in the Cybersecurity Community 

Washington, D.C. – Feb. 12, 2018 – This morning, the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy & Law expressed support for the call from the departments of Commerce and Homeland Security for increased public-private partnerships to address growing cybersecurity threats. The Coalition filed comments at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in response to the departments’ joint report on making the Internet more resilient to automated and distributed attacks, such as those by botnets.

“Despite years of attention botnets continue to be a major source of cybersecurity threats.   Public-private collaboration between the wide range of actors that sustain our cybersecurity ecosystem will be essential for success in dealing with these threats,” said Ari Schwartz, coordinator of the Coalition and former special assistant for cybersecurity to President Obama. “It’s our hope that including botnet mitigation in the DDoS profile the Coalition has created under the NIST Cybersecurity Framework will better equip public and private organizations to partner in determining their vulnerabilities and subsequently develop a more robust cybersecurity posture against automated attacks.”

The Coalition supports and agrees with the findings and recommendations of the report, titled “Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats.” Specifically, the Coalition was encouraged by the report’s findings that public-private partnerships are critical to addressing the ongoing and growing risk that automated, distributed threats present to the global cybersecurity community. 

In mid-2017, the Coalition drafted a Framework Profile for organizations to use in determining and managing risk related to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Adapted from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework, the Coalition’s profile helped further the discussion on ways to combat botnets. In response to this latest request for comment, the Coalition has updated that profile to include a clear section on botnet mitigation techniques, tools and services. A copy of the updated Framework Profile can be found here.  This Profile will be important in several ways including:

           •    Developing a means to require government agencies to help stop botnets and defend themselves,  and the citizen information they hold, against DDoS attacks.
           •    Providing companies with a playbook to help prevent DDoS attacks in the future.
 

As part of its effort to encourage partnerships to combat cyberthreats, the Coalition is planning a public workshop on the Framework Profile to engage public and private stakeholders.

 

About The Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy & Law

 

The mission of the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy & Law is to bring together leading companies to help policymakers develop consensus-driven policy solutions that promote a vibrant and robust cybersecurity ecosystem; support the development and adoption of cybersecurity innovations; and encourage organizations of all sizes to take steps to improve their cybersecurity. For more information, visit www.cybersecuritycoalition.org.

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