A National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence has been established from the efforts of a new partnership of public-private collaboration between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the State of Maryland and Montgomery County, MD.
The purpose of the center is to work to strengthen U.S. economic growth by supporting automated and trustworthy e-government and e-commerce activities.
NIST Director Patrick Gallagher states, “…the center will undertake carefully developed use cases — comprehensive requirements and test plans to address specific cyber security challenges — that will lead to practical, interoperable cyber-security approaches for real-world needs of complex IT systems.
Initially, the development and refinement of use cases would be open to all interested parties, including IT vendors and the public. Results from Center projects will be shared with the broad IT user and vendor communities.
“Cyber crime hurts individuals, businesses and government agencies. We want to bring together the best minds and provide them with the best tools to create and test solutions that will make online transactions of all kinds safer,” said Gallagher. “We’re pleased to have the support of our Maryland partners, and look forward to working with additional partners from industry, academia, nonprofit and government sectors.”
Additional articles about this event listed below and can be added to your in-house cyber security related resource library of materials:.
“NIST Cybersecurity Center Tackles Public and Private Threats” by Elizabeth Montalbano
“NIST and state of Maryland establish cyber security lab” by Aliya Sternstein
If applicable, please pass this information along to those individuals in your organization responsible for matters regarding risk management, cyber security related risk strategies and information technology managers trying to mitigate the ongoing development of risks related to cyber security.