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Cybersecurity

Overview

NIST develops cybersecurity standards, guidelines, best practices, and other resources to meet the needs of U.S. industry, federal agencies and the broader public. Our activities range from producing specific information that organizations can put into practice immediately to longer-term research that anticipates advances in technologies and future challenges.

Some NIST cybersecurity assignments are defined by federal statutes, executive orders and policies. For example, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandates that all federal agencies implement NIST’s cybersecurity standards and guidance for non-national security systems. Our cybersecurity activities also are driven by the needs of U.S. industry and the broader public. We engage vigorously with stakeholders to set priorities and ensure that our resources address the key issues that they face. 

NIST also advances understanding and improves the management of privacy risks, some of which relate directly to cybersecurity.

Priority areas to which NIST contributes – and plans to focus more on – include cryptography, education and workforce, emerging technologies, risk management, identity and access management, measurements, privacy, trustworthy networks and trustworthy platforms.

Additional details can be found in these brief and more detailed fact sheets.

The Research

Projects & Programs

Trustworthy Networks of Things

Ongoing
NIST is working with industry to design, standardize, test and foster adoption of network-centric approaches to protect IoT devices from the Internet and to

News

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NIST Updates Cybersecurity Guidance for Supply Chain Risk Management

A new update to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s foundational cybersecurity supply chain risk management (C-SCRM) guidance aims to help organizations protect themselves as they acquire and use technology products and services.
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NIST Updates Guidance for Health Care Cybersecurity

Apprenticeship Puzzle

Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint

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NIST Announces First Four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms

Protecting Your Small Business: Phishing
Protecting Your Small Business: Phishing
In this animated story, a business manager receives an urgent email from what she believes to be her bank. Before she clicks an included web link, a business colleague alerts her to possible harm from a phishing attack. Learn about common types of phishing messages and why any business owner or employee needs to be vigilant against their danger. This video also helps the viewer learn how to stay prepared, get helpful information, and find support from NIST’s Small Business Cybersecurity Corner website. For the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Corner: https://www.nist.gov/itl/smallbusinesscyber
Protecting Your Small Business: Ransomware
Protecting Your Small Business: Ransomware
In this animated story, two professionals discuss ransomware attacks and the impacts it can have on small businesses. Since ransomware is a common threat for small businesses, this video provides an example of how ransomware attacks can happen—along with how to stay prepared, get helpful information, and find support from NIST’s Small Business Cybersecurity Corner website. For the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Corner: https://www.nist.gov/itl/smallbusinesscyber To see more NIST ransomware resources: https://csrc.nist.gov/projects/ransomware-protection-and-response

Cybersecurity Insights Blog

Standards: The CPSO’s Best Friend

Workshop Shines Light on Role of Standards in Cybersecurity for IoT What do Chief Product Security Officers (CPSOs) want to make their job easier? As it turns

Events

FISSEA Fall Forum: November 15, 2022

Tue, Nov 15 2022, 1:00 - 4:00pm EST
The FISSEA Forums are quarterly meetings to provide opportunities for policy and programmatic updates, the exchange of

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