NIST works with industry partners to advance the research, standardization and adoption of technologies necessary to increase the security, privacy, robustness and performance of networked systems. This includes resolving systemic vulnerabilities in existing and emerging critical network infrastructures and advancing the development of potentially disruptive technologies to improve the trustworthiness of future networks. NIST innovates and applies the measurement science necessary to establish a technical basis for trustworthy networks.
Challenges are technical, economic, often dominated by prevailing business models, complicated by massive installed bases, and fears of governmental interference.
|Robust Inter-Domain Routing - NIST is working with industry to design, standardize, and foster deployment of technologies to improve the security and resilience of Internet Routing.|
|High Assurance Domains - NIST is working with the Internet industry to design, standardize and foster deployment of technologies to improve the security and robustness of enterprise networks and the core Internet technologies upon which they relay. The High Assurance Domains (HAD) project is currently focused on (1) leveraging secure Domain Name System (DNS) technologies to address security challenges in other core protocols; (2) improving the security and privacy of enterprise electronic mail systems; and (3) developing concepts and guidance for Zero Trust Network Architectures.|
|Trustworthy Intelligent Networks - NIST is working with industry and academia to improve the trustworthiness and applicability of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to future networks and distributed systems. Our research focuses on applications of AI/ML to address security and robustness issues today's networks and developing means to test and measure the robustness of AI/ML techniques necessary for future autonomic networks.|
|Trustworthy Network 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 protect the Internet from IoT devices. Our current efforts focus on the research and development manufacturer usage description (MUD) and secure device onboardings technologies.|
|Software Defined and Virtual Networks - NIST is working to develop test and measurement techniques to advance the state of the art in network virtualization, network service function chaining, software defined networks, technologies and techniques to address robustness and security of virtualized network services. Our work explores novel applications of NFV/SDN to domains such as network security and intrusion detection, support of machine to machine communications, support of advanced mobility and cloud computing. A key component of this research is the development of enabling programmable measurement techniques that can efficiently operate at the scale and speed of advanced networks.|
|Measurement Science for Complex Information Systems - This project aims to develop and evaluate a coherent set of methods to understand behavior in complex information systems, such as the Internet, computational grids and computing clouds. Such large distributed systems exhibit global behavior arising from independent decisions made by many simultaneous actors, which adapt their behavior based on local measurements of system state. Actor adaptations shift the global system state, influencing subsequent measurements, leading to further adaptations. This continuous cycle of measurement and adaptation drives a time-varying global behavior. For this reason, proposed changes in actor decision algorithms must be examined at large spatiotemporal scale in order to predict system behavior.|
|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 necessary to provide the technical basis for wide-scale adoption of IPv6 in the USG.|