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DHS and NIST sign cybersecurity agreement

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The Homeland Security Department's National Protection and Programs Directorate and the National Institute of Standards and Technology say they'll work together more closely on cybersecurity issues following a memorandum of agreement the two agencies signed earlier this month.

The agreement (.pdf), signed by NPPD head Rand Beers on Feb. 11 and NIST chief Patrick Gallagher on Feb. 12, calls for the two agencies to establish technical working groups "to review and analyze issues of mutual interest."

NPPD, which has a large role in overseeing the security of federal agency networks, will consult with NIST on the development of metrics to measure the effectiveness of cybersecurity efforts, and on future memos regarding implementation of cybersecurity standards, frameworks or other policies.

NIST will notify NPPD in advance when something similar comes up for public comment, the agreement says.

For more:
- download the NIST-NPPD MOA (.pdf)

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