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Information Technology

Advancing the state-of-the-art in IT in such applications as cyber security and biometrics, NIST accelerates the development and deployment of systems that are reliable, usable, interoperable, and secure; advances measurement science through innovations in mathematics, statistics, and computer science; and conducts research to develop the measurements and standards infrastructure for emerging information technologies and applications.

What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and how can we secure it?

The History and Future of Quantum Information

A jar of peanut butter and chocolate bar. A computer and an atom. Milk and cookies. Soy sauce and rice.
Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST

Peanut butter and chocolate. Rice and soy sauce. Milk and cookies. When two good things get together, they can create something even better. That’s the case with quantum information—the marriage of quantum physics and computing theory. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has contributed to much of its history and is helping to shape its future. Read the full feature.

Cybersecurity Framework

Created through collaboration between industry and government, the Cybersecurity Framework consists of standards, guidelines, and practices to promote the protection of critical infrastructure. The prioritized, flexible, repeatable, and cost-effective approach of the Framework helps owners and operators of critical infrastructure to manage cybersecurity-related risk. Below, some participants in the creation and utilization of the document share their thoughts about the Framework.

News and Updates

NIST AI System Discovers New Material

When the words “artificial intelligence” (AI) come to mind, your first thoughts may be of super-smart computers, or robots that perform tasks without needing

Events

Industry Impacts

Software Usability

Companies in every industry need software that their employees and customers can easily learn to use without error, but for years there was no way for them to

Wireless Infusion Pump Security

Infusion pumps were once standalone instruments that interacted only with the patient or medical provider. With technological improvements designed to enhance

Projects and Programs

Research Data Framework (RDaF)

In the past decade, research data have become widely recognized as a critical national and global resource, and the risks of losing or mismanaging research data

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

USGv6 Program

NIST is Working with other USG agencies and industry to develop and maintain the standards, test program, deployment guidance and test and measurement tools

Statistical Metrology Short Courses

Staff members of the Statistical Engineering Division regularly offer short courses on uncertainty analysis, design of experiments, and other topics in

Publications

Recommendation for Stateful Hash-Based Signature Schemes

Author(s)
David A. Cooper, Daniel C. Apon, Quynh H. Dang, Michael S. Davidson, Morris J. Dworkin, Carl A. Miller
This recommendation specifies two algorithms that can be used to generate a digital signature, both of which are stateful hash-based signature schemes: the

Combinatorial Methods for Explainable AI

Author(s)
David R. Kuhn, Raghu N. Kacker, Yu Lei, Dimitris Simos
This paper introduces an approach to producing explanations or justifications of decisions made by artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) systems

Cryptanalysis of LEDAcrypt

Author(s)
Daniel C. Apon, Ray A. Perlner, Angela Y. Robinson, Paulo Santini
We report on the concrete cryptanalysis of LEDAcrypt, a 2nd Round candidate in NIST's Post- Quantum Cryptography standardization process and one of 17

Software

The NIST Data Alignment Tool

The Data Alignment Tool (DAT) was built to assist with the analysis of data used in testing fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) tools and building

Biometric Evaluation Framework

Biometric Evaluation Framework is a set of C++ classes, error codes, and design patterns used to create a common environment to provide logging, data management

Awards