NIST To Establish National Cybersecurity Center Of Excellence


(l-r): Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Maryland U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher

NIST has partnered with the State of Maryland and Montgomery County, Md to establish the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, a public-private collaboration for accelerating the widespread adoption of integrated cybersecurity tools and technologies.

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence was developed with three goals: to enhance trust in U.S. IT communications, data and storage systems; lower risk for companies and individuals in the use of IT systems; and encourage development of innovative, job-creating cybersecurity products and services.

NIST’s fiscal year 2012 appropriations provided $10 million to establish the partnership to operate the center. The center will provide a state-of-the-art computing facility near NIST’s Gaithersburg, Md., campus, where researchers from NIST will work collaboratively with both the users and vendors of cybersecurity products and services.

“We’re standing up for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence to protect America’s ideas and innovations from cyber terrorists, spies and thieves,” U.S. Senator Mikulski said. “This center will unite the knowledge of the government with the know-how of the private sector to improve our nation’s cybersecurity and create jobs. I was so proud to put money in the federal checkbook so this new center will ensure Maryland continues to lead the way in cyber technology and cyber jobs.”

“Maryland has made great strides in preparing a workforce that’s ready for cyber and IT jobs,” said Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown. “With our focus on K-12 STEM education, cyber-security specialties in higher education, and the presence of U.S. Cyber Command at Ft. Meade, Maryland is uniquely poised to contribute to the rapidly growing cybersecurity industry. The addition of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence will help build on our progress by enhancing coordination between the federal, state and local governments, as well as our partners in the private sector.”

The center will undertake carefully developed use cases— challenges in health IT, cloud and mobile computing, cryptography, or continuous monitoring of IT systems—that will lead to practical, interoperable cybersecurity approaches for real world needs of complex IT systems.

Results from the center’s efforts will support the development and adoption of innovative business methods to improve operational efficiency, reap significant financial benefits for public and private-sector institutions, promote entrepreneurship and create new employment and career opportunities.

“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.”

Read the official press release here.

Read WashingtonExec’s interview with NIST computer scientist about implementing mobility into the federal infrastructure here.



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