February 14, 2014 The Obama administration's new voluntary Cybersecurity Framework for critical infrastructure providers, announced Feb. 12, won't please everyone. But it does bring together for the first time a useful set of federally endorsed practices for private sector security. It also represents a welcome reprieve from the frosty government-industry relationship on matters of cybersecurity preparedness.

Industry leaders as well as President Obama were quick to acknowledge that the framework is just a first step in creating a cybersecurity playbook for the nation's 16 critical infrastructure sectors, including financial services, communications, and energy providers. It establishes an important precedent not only by defining common security standards, but also by offering carrots to the private sector rather than wielding a regulatory stick. The framework also serves notice to a gridlocked Congress that the White House can give traction to issues of national importance. Read the Rest of the Story on InformationWeek Government.