OMB’s Regulatory Review Is Creating a Backlog of Cyber Standards

Ron Ross’s patience is wearing thin. The fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, who by all intents and purposes is the godfather of federal cybersecurity standards, is waiting for the final approval of Special Publication 800-53, revision 5 by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget.

The fifth iteration of that seminal publication, which since 2013 has been downloaded or accessed on NIST’s website more than 20 million times, is the release switch for a half a dozen other critical cybersecurity and privacy documents from NIST.

“When you get a chance to see revision five in final draft, the things we are adding are unbelievable and will help you immensely as you go forward in the 21st century,” Ross said at the recent 930Gov conference sponsored by the Digital Government Institute.

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