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[ISN] NIST Cybersecurity Center Tackles Public And Private Threats



http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/security/232601217

By Elizabeth Montalbano
InformationWeek
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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