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Welcome to the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), one of seven research laboratories within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), develops and deploys standards, tests, and metrics to make our information systems more secure, usable, interoperable, and reliable. As a world-class measurement and testing laboratory encompassing a wide range of areas of computer science, mathematics, statistics, and systems engineering, our research program supports NIST’s mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and related technology through research and development in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

ITL collaborates with other NIST laboratories, the Department of Commerce, other government agencies, the U.S. private sector, standards development organizations, and other national and international stakeholders in both the development and application of new information technologies to help meet national priorities. ITL is called upon to address national priorities due to our reputation as a globally recognized and trusted source of high-quality, independent, and unbiased research and data, and as a trusted third-party convener. The resulting measurement and standards infrastructure catalyzes innovation in IT and IT-related measurement science which drive progress across scientific, technology, and commercial applications.

ITL’s strategy is to maximize the benefits of IT to society through a balanced IT measurement science and standards portfolio of three major activities: fundamental research in mathematics, statistics, and IT; applied IT research and development; and standards development and technology transfer. We invite you to learn more about how ITL is implementing this strategy and enabling the future of the nation’s measurement and standards infrastructure for information technology. As always, we welcome your interest and comments.