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[ISN] NIST Cybersecurity Center Tackles Public And Private Threats
By Elizabeth Montalbano
February 22, 2012
The organization that sets federal technology standards is establishing
a new center devoted to cybersecurity technology research across both
the public and private sectors.
A partnership between the National Institute for Standards and
Technology (NIST), the state of Maryland, and Montgomery County, Md.,
will create the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, where NIST
researchers can exclusively work to improve cybersecurity in the United
States, according to NIST.
The goals of the center, which is being funded by $10 million of NIST's
budget for fiscal-year 2012, will be to establish more trust in U.S. IT
communications, data, and storage systems; lower the risk for companies
and people using those systems; and develop new cybersecurity products
and services, according to NIST.
To do this, the center will team researchers with users and vendors of
cybersecurity products and services to do specific work that considers
use cases to address challenges in particular sectors. For example,
researchers might create interoperable templates that can be used across
industries or government agencies in areas such as cloud computing,
cryptography, or continuous monitoring of IT systems, according to NIST.
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