Press Releases

Press Releases
May 05, 2017

As the world rapidly embraces the Internet of Things[i], properly securing medical devices has grown challenging for most healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs).

That’s because medical devices, such as infusion pumps[ii], have evolved from standalone instruments that interacted only with the patient and a medical provider into devices that now connect wirelessly to a variety of systems, networks, and other platforms to enhance patient care, as part of the broader Internet of Medical Things (IoMT).

Press Releases
November 10, 2016  |  NIST

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) oversees approximately 800 waterfront facilities that, among other activities, transfer hazardous liquids between marine vessels and land-based pipelines, tanks or vehicles. These “maritime bulk liquid transfers” increasingly rely on computers to operate valves and pumps, monitor sensors and perform many other vital safety and security functions. This makes the whole system more vulnerable to cybersecurity issues ranging from malware to human error, and is the reason behind a new voluntary cybersecurity guide for the industry.

Press Releases
November 02, 2016  |  Susan Prince

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) invites comments on a draft practice guide to help organizations improve email security and defend against phishing, man-in-the-middle, and other types of email-based attacks. The draft guide, Domain Name Systems-Based Electronic Mail Security (NIST Special Publication 1800-6), demonstrates how commercially available technologies can help email service providers improve the security of email communications. 

Press Releases
September 13, 2016  |  NIST

IT security departments have used guidance from NIST and other sources to help them defend the vulnerable connections between mobile devices and enterprise computer systems from malware, viruses and other types of attacks. Recently, organizations from both the public and private sectors have requested more specific information on threats and ways to mitigate them.

The draft Mobile Threat Catalogue (MTC) and the accompanying draft Assessing Threats to Mobile Devices & Infrastructure (NIST Interagency Report 8144 seek to answer those requests. To strengthen the catalogue, the authors request practitioners and experts in the field to review the catalogue and provide feedback and additional information. Please send comments on both projects to Nistir8144@nist.gov by October 12, 2016.

Press Releases
September 11, 2016  |  Kathie Felix

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is exploring technology that can help vehicle-based law enforcement officers securely and quickly access multiple software applications and databases. A faster authentication process could provide immediate access in dangerous circumstances—and while a vehicle is in motion.

Press Releases
February 11, 2016  |  E&E Security

The new Cybersecurity National Action Plan announced Tuesday by the White House aims at protecting federal agencies from cyberattacks, an urgent need dramatized by the ransacking of the Office of Personnel Management's aged computer systems by hackers two years ago.

Meanwhile, this month, the Commerce Department opened an expanded National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, a public-private research and development partnership to bring together industry and government experts from NIST on high-priority cybersecurity challenges.

Press Releases
February 08, 2016  |  White House Press Release

From the beginning of his Administration, the President has made it clear that cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges we face as a Nation, and for more than seven years he has acted comprehensively to confront that challenge.  Working together with Congress, we took another step forward in this effort in December with the passage of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which provides important tools necessary to strengthen the Nation’s cybersecurity, particularly by making it easier for private companies to share cyber threat information with each other and the Government.

Press Releases
February 04, 2016

On Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) will celebrate its move to expanded new facilities with a ribbon-cutting dedication and expert panel discussions featuring senior elected and government officials and the CEOs and presidents of several large companies.

The Center is a public-private partnership established by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2013. 

Press Releases
January 27, 2016

Medical devices such as the infusion pumps that deliver medication intravenously were once standalone instruments that interacted only with the patient. Today, they have operating systems and communications hardware that allow them to connect to other devices and networks. While this technology has created more powerful tools and the potential for improved patient care, it also creates new safety and security risks.




Press Releases
November 23, 2015

Businesses face a near-constant threat of destructive malware, ransomware and malicious insider activities that can alter or destroy critical data. Even honest mistakes can alter data in ways that cause a significant loss to a company’s reputation, business operations and bottom line. To reduce this risk, organizations need to be able to recover quickly from a data integrity attack and trust the accuracy and precision of the recovered data.