The National Institute of Standards and Technology has concluded its final cybersecurity workshop in Raleigh, N.C., as part of its effort to solicit feedback from stakeholders on the preliminary cybersecurity framework that will become final in February. While the framework represents industry consensus on a variety of issues, clarification is needed on adoption, incentives and the benchmarks for success, said Robert Mayer, USTelecom vice president for industry and state affairs. One potential snag may be adoption by small businesses, as "there are 22 categories and 97 subcategories. That's a lot for small and medium-sized businesses," said Phil Agcaoili, chief information security officer at Cox Communications.

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