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National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

Overview#

National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is a part of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that accelerates businesses' adoption of standards-based, advanced security technologies. By:
  • consult with IT security professionals and other leaders to identify their most pressing cybersecurity issues
  • generate detailed technical descriptions of the problems and map the desired solution to NIST and industry standards and best practices
  • seek comments from the public to make the problem descriptions as broadly applicable as possible
  • invite technology vendors to collaborate with us: their standards-based products are modules in the end-to-end example solutions we build in our labs
Each project results in a freely available as a NIST Special Publication NIST.SP.1800 Cybersecurity Practice Guides, which includes information and instructions organizations can use to implement an example solution for themselves. Organizations that want to adopt similar solutions can use products from our collaborating vendors, or products with similar characteristics that fit their budgets and IT infrastructure.

In September 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded a contract to the MITRE Corporation to operate the United States Department of Commerce's first Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), the National Cybersecurity FFRDC, which supports the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

According to the press release on the NIST website,[10] "this FFRDC is the first solely dedicated to enhancing the security of the nation’s information systems." The press release states that the FFRDC will help the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence "expand and accelerate its public-private collaborations" and focus on "boosting the security of U.S. information systems." "FFRDCs operate in the public interest and are required to be free from organizational conflicts of interest as well as bias toward any particular company, technology or product—key attributes given the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence’s collaborative nature…The first three task orders under the contract will allow the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence to expand its efforts in developing use cases and building blocks and provide operations management and facilities planning.”

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