Mission & Vision

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a collaborative hub where industry organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions work together to address businesses’ most pressing cybersecurity challenges. Through this collaboration, the NCCoE develops modular, easily adaptable example cybersecurity solutions using standards, best practices, and commercially available technology.

Our Mission: Accelerate Adoption of Secure Technologies

Collaborate with innovators to provide real-world, standards-based cybersecurity capabilities that address business needs. 

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Our Vision: Advance Cybersecurity

A secure cyber infrastructure that inspires technological innovation and fosters economic growth. 

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Our Goals

Provide practical cybersecurity 

Help organizations secure their data and digital infrastructure by equipping them with practical ways to implement standards-based, cost-effective, repeatable, and scalable cybersecurity solutions. 

Increase rate of adoption 

Enable companies to rapidly adopt commercially available cybersecurity technologies by reducing their total cost of ownership. 

Accelerate effective innovation 

Empower innovators to creatively address businesses’ most pressing cybersecurity challenges in a state-of-the-art, collaborative environment. 

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NCCoE Tenets

  • Standards-based

    Apply relevant industry standards to each security implementation; demonstrate example solutions for new standards
  • Modular

    Develop components that can be easily substituted with alternates that offer equivalent input-output specifications
  • Repeatable

    Provide detailed guidance including a reference design, list of components, configuration files, relevant code, diagrams, tutorials, and instructions to enable system admins to recreate the example solution and achieve the same results
  • Commercially available

    Work with the technology community to identify commercially available products that can be brought together in example solutions to address challenges identified by industry
  • Usable

    Design blueprints that end users can easily and cost-effectively adopt and integrate into their businesses without disrupting day-to-day operations
  • Open and transparent

    Use open and transparent processes to complete work; seek and incorporate public comments on NCCoE publications