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From the press release at https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2017/08/nist-crafts-next-generation-safeguards-information-systems-and-internet - “The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new draft revision of its widely used Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations. Developed by a joint task force consisting of representatives of the civil, defense and intelligence communities, the draft fifth revision of SP 800-53 (link is external) represents an ongoing effort to produce a unified information security framework for the federal government.

However, the latest draft goes beyond both information security and the federal government to address ways all kinds of organizations can maintain security and privacy in their interconnected systems.

Revision 5 “takes the guidance in new directions—we are crafting the next-generation catalog of controls that can also be applied to secure the Internet of Things,” said Ron Ross, NIST fellow and team leader of the joint task force that wrote the updated publication. Controls are security and privacy safeguards—both technical and procedural—designed to protect systems, organizations and individuals.”

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