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Applied Cybersecurity Division

We implement practical cybersecurity and privacy through outreach and effective application of standards and best practices necessary for the U.S. to adopt cybersecurity capabilities.

The Applied Cybersecurity Division (ACD)—one of six technical divisions in NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory—implements practical cybersecurity and privacy through outreach and effective application of standards and best practices necessary for the U.S. to adopt cybersecurity capabilities.

ACD is known for: establishing cybersecurity standards and guidelines in an open, transparent, and collaborative way; cybersecurity testing and measurement (from developing test suits and methods to validating cryptographic modules); and applied cybersecurity—which applies  NIST’s research, standards, and testing and measurement work.

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Cybersecurity Framework

This voluntary Framework consists of standards, guidelines, and best practices to manage cybersecurity-related risks.  The Cybersecurity Framework’s flexible and cost-effective approach helps to promote the protection and resilience of critical infrastructure important to the economy and national security.

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National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCOE)

The National Cybersecurity  Center of Excellence is a collaborative hub where industry, government agencies, and academic institutions work together to address businesses’ most pressing cybersecurity issues.

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National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

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Privacy Framework

The NIST Privacy Framework is a voluntary tool developed in collaboration with stakeholders intended to help organizations identify and manage privacy risk to build innovative products and services while protecting individuals’ privacy.

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NIST Cybersecurity for IOT Program

The rapid proliferation of internet-connected devices and rise of the IoT come with great anticipation. These newly connected devices bring the promise of enhanced business efficiencies and increased customer satisfaction.

 

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