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NIST funds research center on cybersecurity tools

The National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded a contract to operate a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) to support the work of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE).

The NCCoE was set up in partnership with the state of Maryland and Montgomery County, Md., in February 2012. The center is dedicated to helping businesses secure their data by drawing experts from government, universities and industry to help identify security solutions.

FFRDCs are public private partnerships contracted to do research for the federal government. The NIST FFRDC was awarded to the Mitre Corp., which operates six additional FFRDCs.

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said the NIST contract will enable the center to accelerate public-private collaborations by working with the first FFRCD, “focused on boosting the security of U.S. information systems.”

The center has been working in industry sectors such as health care and energy to identify common security concerns and to develop model cybersecurity examples and practice guides. It also works with small groups of vendors to develop “building blocks” addressing technical cybersecurity challenges that are common across multiple industry sectors, according to the NIST announcement.

NIST’s intention in awarding a FFRDC contract to support the NCCoE’s goals was announced last year.

Federal staff will provide overall management of the center, while MITRE will support the center’s mission through three task areas: research, development, engineering and technical support; operations management; and facilities management.

The first three task orders under the contract will allow the NCCoE to expand its efforts in developing use cases and building blocks and provide operations management and facilities planning.

Posted by GCN Staff on Oct 02, 2014 at 12:13 PM


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