The Applied Cybersecurity Division (ACD)—one of seven 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.
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.
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.
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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The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released version 1.1 of its popular Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, more widely known as the Cybersecurity Framework.