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With a world-class measurement and testing laboratory encompassing a wide range of areas of computer science, mathematics, statistics, and systems engineering, NIST’s cybersecurity program supports its overall 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. 

The need for cybersecurity standards and best practices that address interoperability, usability, and privacy continues to be critical for the nation. NIST’s cybersecurity programs seek to enable greater development and application of practical, innovative security technologies and methodologies that enhance the country’s ability to address current and future computer and information security challenges. 

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Learn about how you can get involved, check out our resources and find out about upcoming events.

NIST develops cybersecurity standards, guidelines, best practices, and resources to meet the needs of U.S. industry, federal agencies, and the broader public. We carry out cybersecurity assignments defined by federal statutes, executive orders, and policies—including developing cybersecurity standards and guidelines for federal agencies. We also work closely with organizations in the public and private sectors to ensure that our information can be readily leveraged to address specific issues that they face.

Some of our primary areas of focus are highlighted in our Vitals Fact Sheets:

The Research

Projects & Programs

Trustworthy Networks of Things

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

Additional Resources Links


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Ransomware Risk Management: Draft NISTIR 8374 Available for Comment

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released a revised draft report, NIST Interagency or Internal Report (NISTIR) 8374, Cybersecurity Framework Profile for Ransomware Risk Management, for public comment. This revised draft addresses the public comments provided for the preliminary draft released in June 2021. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts an organization’s
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Spotlight: See Beyond the Stereotype With Danielle Santos and Consider a Cyber Career

Exec Order Webinar

NIST Held Webinar on Progress and Next Steps in Carrying Out Executive Order 14028

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New Online Tool to Improve Stakeholder Engagement with SP 800-53

Cybersecurity Insights Blog


FISSEA Winter Forum: February 15, 2022

Tue, Feb 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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