Senator wants cybersecurity center at NIST

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) wants $10 million for new center

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) wants to establish a new national cybersecurity center of excellence at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Mikulski detailed her plans for the center at a cybersecurity conference this week in Washington hosted by the Commerce Department, NIST’s parent agency. She described NIST as one of the primary gateways for industry for working with government on cybersecurity.

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“I believe its role in this is important exactly because it’s not a security agency,” Mikulski said. “When the private sector goes there, they don’t get a spook; they get a scientist or a technologist. And your customers won’t be spooked by you going to NIST.”

Mikulski wants $10 million to fund a new center of excellence at NIST. The funding is part of an appropriations bill to fund Commerce for fiscal 2011 that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved July 22. Mikulski chairs that committee's Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee.


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Reader Comments

Mon, Aug 2, 2010

Government run amuck. More bureaucrats just what we need.

Mon, Aug 2, 2010

If it was port it would be a puzzle: NIST is already in Maryland, but so is NSA and DISA, and the new DHS compound is only a mile from the MD state line, so the employees will likely come from MD also.

Fri, Jul 30, 2010

Enough already. Already WAY too many cyber commands, CERTs, Response Centers, 'Centers of Excellence', ad infinitum. Somebody at a level above all the internecine turf battles needs to map out a structure, and Congress and POTUS need to direct that all this duplicated effort be eliminated, and all the duplicated shops need to be de-funded. It's all the same store, folks- long past time to start acting like it.

Fri, Jul 30, 2010 Scott Maryland

I'm certain it has nothing to do with more pork going back to her state. *snicker* Seriously, this is probably one of the few good ideas to come out of the Congress in the last couple years.

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