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Doug Montgomery (Fed)

Manager, Internet and Scalable Systems Research

Links:  LinkedIn , Google Scholar ,  Research Gate , Twitter: @dougm_work

Position Description:

Manager of Internet and Scalable Systems Research within the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).   In that role I provide technical leadership to NIST's current research and standardization efforts in Trustworthy Networks, including Internet Infrastructure Protection (e.g., Naming, Routing, Email and general Internet Protocol security); next-generation Internet technologies  (e.g., IoT, IPv6, SDN / NFV); advanced security architectures and technologies (e.g., zero trust networks, applications of AI to network security and robustness); and measurement, modeling, and analysis of behaviors within the Internet system.   

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I have been a leader in NIST's research in next-generation Internet technologies since 1986.   While the advanced networking technologies under study have spanned a broad spectrum over my career at NIST (e.g., IP quality of service, Internet telephony, Internet security and key management, robust Internet routing / naming / addressing, mobile systems, programmable networks, optical networking, multi-protocol label switching, service discovery, pervasive computing, IP version 6, public safety communications, congestion control, cloud computing, quantum cryptography), the strategic plan has been consistent:  to research and apply advanced test and measurement techniques to improve the quality and timeliness of new networking technologies that address identified national priorities and/or have the greatest potential for fueling broad-based innovation in the Internet.

The technical activities in my group run the range from basic research, to the design and analysis of consensus standards, to the development and operation of international conformance and interoperability testing programs.   I serve as the primary external representative for most of these efforts and have represented the work of my group to numerous industry, government and academic audiences, including congressional committees, inter-agency groups, international governments, VCAT and NRC review panels as well as other agency collaborators.   Examples of such interactions include House Science Committee, Federal CIO Council, Federal CIO, OSTP, NITRD, OMB, GSA, NTIA, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), North American Network Operators Group(NANOG), ISO/IEC.

My management experience as a group leader at NIST includes managing a staff of computer scientists, electrical engineers, mathematicians and administrative personnel engaged in a wide variety of research and support tasks.  In the time that I have been a manager, the projects and programs in my group have been supported by DHS, NSA, LTS, DARPA, NSF, OMB, GSA, NIST ATP, DISA, NIST NAMT, NIST OLES and NIST IMS research funds.


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Technical Interests:

Next generation network technologies, Internet core infrastructure (naming, addressing, routing), scalability and robustness of Internet infrastructure, measurement and modeling of large-scale networked information systems.

Current Projects:

Past Projects:

  • Internet Protocol Security
  • Multi-Protocol Label Switching
  • All-Optical Networks
  • Programmable Active Services with SIP




And .....

  • 1999 NIST Golf League Team Championship - Team Drain-O.




Securing Small-Business and Home Internet of Things (IoT) Devices: Mitigating Network-Based Attacks Using Manufacturer Usage Description (MUD)

Murugiah Souppaya, Douglas Montgomery, William Polk, Mudumbai Ranganathan, Donna Dodson, William Barker, Steve Johnson, Ashwini Kadam, Craig Pratt, Darshak Thakore, Mark Walker, Eliot Lear, Brian Weis, Dean Coclin, Avesta Hojjati, Clint Wilson, Tim Jones, Adnan Baykal, Drew Cohen, Kevin Yeich, Yemi Fashima, Parisa Grayeli, Joshua Harrington, Joshua Klosterman, Blaine Mulugeta, Susan Symington, Jaideep Singh
The goal of the Internet Engineering Task Force's Manufacturer Usage Description (MUD) specification is for Internet of Things (IoT) devices to behave as

USGv6 Profile

Douglas C. Montgomery, Mark E. Carson, Timothy Winters, Michayla Newcombe, Timothy Carlin
This profile establishes a basic taxonomy of IPv6 capabilities, defined in terms of IETF specifications, resulting in specific capability labels for common

NISTv6 Capabilities Table

Douglas C. Montgomery, Timothy Winters
The NISTv6 Capabilities Table (NCT) provides a concise tabular summary of the technical requirements of the NISTv6 profile. For ease of reference, the NCT is
Created October 9, 2019, Updated June 15, 2021