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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. 

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:

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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

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The NCCoE Releases Preliminary Draft Report on Ransomware Risk Management

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released a new preliminary draft report, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Interagency or Internal Report (NISTIR) 8374, Cybersecurity Framework Profile for Ransomware Risk Management. Ransomware is a type of malicious attack where attackers encrypt an organization’s data and demand payment to restore access. In some
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NIST Study on Kids’ Passwords Shows Gap Between Knowledge of Password Best Practices and Behavior

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White House National Security Memo Issued | NIST & DHS Developing Cybersecurity Performance Goals for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems

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IoT Devices & Software | NIST Workshop + Call for Papers on Cybersecurity Labeling Programs for Consumers

Cybersecurity Insights Blog

Automatic Proofs of Differential Privacy

We are excited to introduce our fourth guest author in this blog series, Chike Abuah, PhD student in computer science at the University of Vermont, whose


FISSEA Fall Forum: September 28, 2021

Tue, Sep 28 2021, 1:00 - 4:00pm EDT
The FISSEA Forums are quarterly meetings to provide opportunities for policy and programmatic updates, the exchange of

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