Innovation is imperative as agencies advance their use of technology. Under the direction of Charles Romine, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s IT Laboratory (ITL) is designed to promote innovation and enhance security.
Romine spoke with FedTech managing editor Matt McLaughlin about the work ITL is doing to meet this mission, as its scientists explore a wide variety of technologies, including cloud computing, electronic voting, smart grid, homeland security applications and health IT.
To support a mission that is certain to grow in scope and significance, the agency last year launched its National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCOE). Based near NIST's Gaithersburg, Md., headquarters, the center started off as a concept but over the last year has grown into a hive of activity.
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence invites comments on two technical descriptions, or use cases, of cybersecurity challenges faced by the energy sector:
Comments from the public will help the NCCoE couch the use cases so that the solutions are as widely applicable as possible. Please submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Aug. 12, 2013.
NIST Director Pat Gallagher will testify today at 2:30 p.m. before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The hearing, titled “The Partnership Between NIST and the Private Sector: Improving Cybersecurity,” is Director Gallagher's fifth appearance before the Senate to discuss NIST's collaboration with industry on standards and best practices for the protection of information technology in critical infrastructure.
A team composed of members from NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), Intel, and RSA is the recipient of the 2013 Innovation Award from RSA for their proof of concept and implementation of “Trusted Geolocation in the Cloud.” The implementation uses RSA Archer commercial enterprise and risk management solutions and dashboard/reporting and integration functionality to demonstrate that a compute node in a virtualized environment can be measured at launch time, continuously monitored and have its phys
Companies that have joined with the NCCoE through NCEP agreements contribute hardware to the test environments in our labs, software to the NCCoE’s example solutions, and personnel who collaborate with staff members at the NCCoE.
Appearing today is the third of three Federal Register notices announcing NIST's intention to sponsor a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) to help the NCCoE address industry's needs most efficiently. The notice requests comments by 5 pm ET on July 22, 2013.
NIST has released a draft outline of a cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure. The public is invited to comment.
Tripwire and CA Technologies are the two most recent National Cybersecurity Excellence Partners (NCEP), joining eleven other companies that have pledged to help accelerate the adoption of secure technologies by U.S. businesses.
NCEP partners contributions’ range from providing the hardware to create test environments in our labs, to software for integrating into solutions, to co-locating personnel as guest researchers to work onsite at the NCCoE.