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Overview of US Federal Online Resources as it applies to Cybersecurity

USA Federal Government Resources applicable to Online Privacy and Security work including CVE databases.



The links below are to resources provided by the US Federal Government that are related to cybersecurity and comprise regulations, rules, commentary, engineering resources, and databases & statistics on security incidents. This document will continue to evolve over time to include regulations that impact the use of AI and driverless car technology.

Where to start:

Online Security and Security Incidents

The CVE database was launched by MITRE as a community effort in 1999, and the U.S. National Vulnerability Database (NVD) was launched by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2005. The CVE database feeds into the NVD.

Acronyms to know: CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) and CNA (CVE Numbering Authority)

CVE Distribution Over Time
Code Vulnerability Distribution Over Time

*Source: Nist.gov

  • MITRE's CVE Database and Information
    "MITRE is a private, not-for-profit corporation"
  • NIST's National Vulnerability Database NVD
    Database including feeds, visualizations, and search.
  • United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team: US-CERT
    Reporting of security incidents, threats and reports
  • US-CERT provides weekly summaries of new vulnerabilities in the form of bulletins
  • NSF Cybersecurity Special Report
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework
    "The Framework is voluntary guidance, based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices, for critical infrastructure organizations to better manage and reduce cybersecurity risk."

Chinese Cyber Attacks

Many nations have accused the Chinese government of cyber attacks and theft against service / cloud providers and their customers. Below is a listing of resources for more information on this subject that also includes information for IT professionals to determine if they or the sites they maintain are being targeted.

General Federal Regulations

  • An acronym to know: CFR (Code of Federal Regulations)
  • regulations.gov
    general search engine for rules, proposed rules, and notices. Users can post comments and participate in petitions. Prepare to be overwhelmed!
  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations with e-CFR
    The electronic code is a current but unofficial editorial compilation of CFR material and Federal Register amendments, so you may want to further review the disclaimers at the site.

Science and Engineering

  • National Science Foundation (NSF): nsf.gov
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): nist.gov
  • Sandia National Labs: sandia.gov

Federal Telecom and Datacom

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