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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 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.

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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.

Learn more about the Applied Cybersecurity Division's Programs

Featured VideoS:  

  • Industry leaders discuss cybersecurity concerns around the Internet of Things and the role NIST can play to help secure our future.
    Featuring thought leaders from:  G2 Inc.; Global Cyber Alliance; Symantec; Cisco; Cylance Inc.; Tufts University; Cloud Security Alliance; Twistlock

  • Donna Dodson, Associate Director and Chief Cyber Security Advisor, and Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist for Google and former NIST VCAT member, have a wide-ranging discussion about the past, present and future of the internet, network security, and what it would take to successfully, safely and reliably merge the digital and physical worlds, a concept known as the “Internet of Things,” or IoT. 

NIST Releases Version 1.1 of its Popular Cybersecurity Framework

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.

News and Updates

Industry Impacts

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

Cybersecurity Framework

More than ever, organizations must balance a rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape against the need to fulfill business requirements. To help these


Press Coverage

Federal, state leaders meet to talk cybersecurity

WISH-TV (CW Channel 8, Indianapolis, IN)
A representative with the U.S. Department of Commerce says there's a cybersecurity workforce shortage. The website, Cyberseek, says there are more than 2300