Comments close Friday at 5 p.m. on the NIST Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity’s request for information (RFI) on how best to address the “current and future states of cybersecurity in a digital economy.”

“We commend the commission’s efforts—through this RFI and during a series of public meetings throughout the country—to solicit input from a broad range of key cybersecurity stakeholders,” said Ryan Gillis, vice president of Cybersecurity Strategy and Global Policy at Palo Alto Networks. “This approach soundly recognizes that cybersecurity is a fundamentally distributed problem that can only be effectively addressed through robust public-private sector collaboration.”

The RFI was created on Aug. 10, and stems from Executive Order 13718, which was published in February and orders, “The commission will make detailed recommendations to strengthen cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors while protecting privacy, ensuring public safety and economic and national security, fostering discovery and development of new technical solutions, and bolstering partnerships between Federal, State, and local government and the private sector in the development, promotion, and use of cybersecurity technologies, policies, and best practices.”

Comments submitted under the RFI will be made public after the submission deadline closes; however, Gillis previewed the comments Palo Alto will be submitting to the RFI, saying, “We believe the commission should encourage the Federal government to build upon the last decade’s work refining and clarifying existing statutory authorities and also foster the maturity and expansion of the NIST cybersecurity framework. Cyber hygiene plays a key role in breach prevention and we believe the commission should make recommendations to increase cyber awareness and education across the country to ensure we are growing the next generation of cyber-savvy citizens.”

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Jessie Bur is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Cybersecurity, FedRAMP, GSA, Congress, Treasury, DOJ, NIST and Cloud Computing.