Informed by community dialogue and an April 2023 Request for Comment, NIST published an Initial Public Draft of NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 8481, Cybersecurity for Research: Findings and Possible Paths Forward.
NIST is actively seeking input from institutions of higher education, cybersecurity and privacy professionals, researchers, and other interested parties to support implementation of the research cybersecurity effort detailed in Section 10229 of the CHIPS and Science Act.
Information on how to comment on the NEW initial public draft can be found HERE.
On August 2022, President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law to ensure that the United States maintains its technological edge by strengthening manufacturing, supply chains, and national security, as well as investing in research and development, science and technology, and the workforce of the future. Division B, Title II of the law, National Institute of Standards and Technology for the Future Act, lays out a series of requirements and actions for NIST to oversee, including an initiative to disseminate and make publicly available resources to help qualifying institutions of higher education identify, assess, manage, and reduce cybersecurity risks related to conducting research.