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The Council on CyberSecurity has made public the Critical Security Controls Draft Version 5.0 in their effort to receive feedback from the greater cybersecurity community.  The Critical Security Controls is a recommended set of action items for cyber defense that provides specific and actionable ways to thwart the most pervasive cyber attacks.

“Over the past couple months, the Review & Update Panel—comprised of an impressive set of industry professionals and experts—made a variety of necessary changes to the previous version of The Critical Security Controls” stated Tony Sager, Director of Programs with the Council on CyberSecurity.

“Now, we are reaching out to the broader community, asking them to review the panel’s final 5.0 draft and provide feedback for any other changes that ought to be considered. The Controls are a valuable asset to increasing security and our goal is to continuously improve its relevance.”

The Critical Security Controls Draft Version 5.0 can be accessed via the Council’s website at All feedback can be communicated to the Council by sending emails to

The finalized 5.0 version of the Critical Security Controls will then be formally announced in San Francisco at the RSA Conference in late February 2014.

The Council on CyberSecurity is an independent, expert, not-for-profit organization with a global scope committed to the security of an open Internet. The Council is committed to the ongoing development and widespread adoption of the Critical Controls, to elevating the competencies of the cybersecurity workforce, and to the development of policies that lead to measurable improvements in our ability to operate safely, securely and reliably in cyberspace. For more information, visit the website at