NIST cybersecurity center moves into high gear
By Amber Corrin
For more than 150 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has toiled in the background of federal operations, carrying out the nation’s business of science ranging, as its website points out, from nanotechnology to skyscrapers and jetliners. Today, that tradition endures, but one key mission is raising the agency’s profile: cybersecurity.
In his February executive order on cybersecurity, President Barack Obama directed NIST to create a framework that would help government and the private sector better protect networks and information. The latest legislation on cybersecurity also focuses on NIST and its role as a leader in securing U.S. assets in cyberspace.