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USNC Current Newsletter: Latest Issue Focuses on Cybersecurity and Standards


The U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has published the Summer 2018 edition of its quarterly newsletter, the USNC Current. The issue covers cybersecurity and standards, including features that highlight how standards address cybersecurity, standardization's significance on trade, and an examination of industrial control system cybersecurity standards and guidelines.

In an editorial "Cybersecurity and Standards, Where Are We Today?" Laura Lindsay, U.S. national standards officer for the corporate standards group at Microsoft, provides her insights on standards that address cybersecurity and notes efforts underway to develop guidelines to better address how cybersecurity relates to information security, privacy, safety, and resilience.

"Standardization and Trade: Core Principles and Their Applicability to Digital Issues Including Cybersecurity," by Renee Hancher of the International Trade Administration (ITA), explains how standards are the building blocks of regulations and trade. A closer look at IEC cybersecurity standards and guidelines for the smart grid is provided in this edition along with an exploration of industrial control system cybersecurity standards.

IEC president Jim Shannon will deliver the keynote address when the USNC Industry Symposium meets in Washington, DC, on September 12. A summary of the keynote address on how IEC standards protect critical infrastructure is published in this issue.

Access the USNC Current - Summer 2018 Edition.

If you are interested in contributing to the next publication of the USNC Current, please contact Kendall Szulewski-Francis, program administrator, international policy, USNC/IEC, via email at [email protected].

About the USNC

A committee of ANSI, the USNC serves as the focal point for U.S. parties who are interested in the development, promulgation, and use of globally relevant standards for the electrotechnical industry. The Committee is also engaged in the assessment of conformance to standards, undertaking work in areas such as testing, certification, and accreditation.

As the U.S. representative to the IEC and many related regional standardization bodies, the USNC is a conduit to the global standards-setting community for technical and policy positions arising in the U.S. and brings issues from the global arena to the U.S. for review, consideration, and response. Strong U.S. participation in the IEC is critical to national competitiveness and the continued growth and innovation in U.S. electrotechnical industries.


Jana Zabinski

Senior Director, Communications & Public Relations


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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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