October 26, 2014

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is contributing to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by focusing on the development of new generations of cybersecurity professionals and raising awareness about the importance of simple measures for online security.

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October 20, 2014  |

Once the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is up and running, how many companies could be drawn to Montgomery County? The NCCoE, which will be housed along Shady Grove Road in Rockville, will be a federal agency designed to bring experts from industry, government and academia to solve specific security problems.

September 23, 2014

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a contract to operate its first Federally Funded Research and Development Center, which will support the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. See the rest of the press release from NIST.

September 16, 2014

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has posted a revised draft of a building block to help enterprises address security issues that result from the use of mobile devices to access company resources. The NCCoE invites the public to comment on the draft.

In February 2014, the NCCoE posted a draft building block addressing mobile device security and invited comments from the public. The center received and responded to 24 comments and revised the draft accordingly.

September 08, 2014

On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, representatives of seven companies with technologies for IT asset management visited NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. The meeting was the first step in forming a collaborative team to address the need for financial services organizations to protect their IT systems and data from cyber attacks.

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August 10, 2014  |  Wired

Some of our ideas about passwords date back to the 1980s, when the National Institute of Standards and Technology came up some guidelines for creating secure passwords for local area networks. Back then, they’d mail them out to interested computer security types via U.S. Post. Now, NIST is trying to help the U.S. move beyond the password, says Donna Dodson NIST’s chief cyber security advisor. “Putting the burden of security on the end-user and making it more complex just doesn’t work,” she says. “The security has to be usable for the end-user. Otherwise they’re going to find workarounds.”

August 10, 2014

The center is hosting 10 students from the University System of Maryland who are working full-time this summer as guest researchers at the center, then will transition to part-time during the 2014-2015 school year. The group includes two graduate and eight undergraduate students. Jeffrey Scheirer and Zack Rich are students in the cybersecurity graduate program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Ambika Agarwal and Zhi Xiang Lin are studying computer engineering and Bhumibhat Kerdsuwan is studying electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Joseph Penda is studying computer and network security and Dinh Phan, Samuel Zelaya, Stacey Curry, and Sohail Sattari are studying cybersecurity at the University of Maryland University College.

May 22, 2014

The NCCoE is developing example solutions so that energy companies can better control physical and logical access to their resources, including buildings, equipment, information technology, and industrial control system networks and systems. Vendors of commercial technologies for identity and access management will provide the products that are modules in the end-to-end approach to this challenge. (See the use case document.)

May 05, 2014

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is seeking collaborators to provide products and technical expertise to create a model, standards-based system that companies in the financial services sector could use to integrate their existing asset management, hardware and software support and information technology security into a single comprehensive system.

April 23, 2014

Paul Timmel, a program manager at NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), is a guest lecturer for a University of Maryland, College Park class this spring. The graduate course, “Special Topics in System Engineering: Cybersecurity for the Smart Grid,” offers students a comprehensive study of the potential threats, vulnerabilities and risks of the smart grid, recent research advances and industrial practices of smart grid cybersecurity, and the fundamentals of smart grid and the necessary background in computer security.