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Nist Cybersecurity Center Tackles Public And Private Threats

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The U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has partnered with Maryland and Montgomery County, Md., to create the National Cybersecurity Center for Excellence, where NIST researchers will work to improve U.S. cybersecurity.

NIST says the center aims to establish more trust in U.S. information technology (IT) communications, data, and storage systems, lower the risk of companies and people using those systems, and develop new cybersecurity products and services.

The center will team researchers with users and vendors of cybersecurity products and services to do specific work that considers use cases to address challenges in certain sectors. "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," says NIST's Patrick Gallagher.

A new computing facility near NIST's campus in Gaithersburg, Md., will house the center, which will host collaborative research efforts from both public- and private-sector institutions. NIST says it is encouraging IT vendors and the public to help devise and polish use cases, with researchers sharing project results with the IT and vendor communities.

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