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Isolate, control, manage hypervisor environments, says NIST

System administrators working at federal agencies and departments can minimize the risk associated with running virtualized machines on a single host computer, called a hypervisor, by isolating VMs, controlling access, and managing privileged operations and interactions, according to draft security guidance (pdf) issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Oct. 20.

Final NIST cloud roadmap sets 'action plans' for gov't cloud adoption

The National Institute of Standards and technology Oct. 21 published a final version of its U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap (pdf). The document lays out 10 requirements – each accompanied by "priority action plans" and target completion dates – necessary for cloud adoption by the federal government.

Commerce IG: Cloud service contracts lack needed clauses, security standards not met

A review of cloud computing services in the Commerce Department found missing clauses in contractors' agreements to permit reviews of their facilities and operations, as well as lack of compliance with federal security standards.

NIST looks to develop IT tools to protect individual privacy, civil liberties

Information technology professionals regularly employ catalogs and technical standards – one of the most notable is the use of encryption for security engineering. But, when it comes to privacy engineering, the toolset is practically non-existent and the National Institute of Standards and Technology is setting out the remedy that problem.

UPDATED- Final smart grid interoperability standards guide released by NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released its third – and final – version of a document designed to help industry transform the more-than-century-old U.S. electrical system into an advanced, interoperable smart grid.

NIST floats mobile device security model

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the second draft of a "building block" document federal agencies or enterprises could use to secure mobile devices that connect to the organization's network. The guide is customizable, as it takes a layered approach to security, and also practical and repeatable because it offers standards-based solutions using commercially available technology.  

NIST extends $3M in third round of online identity solution grants

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is awarding almost $3 million in its third round of grants to pilot real-world implementation of the White House's  National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC.

NIST offers help in securing printers, copiers, scanners from cyber intrusions

The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released draft guidance pointing out the risks and vulnerabilties of such so-called replication devices, which increasingly also include 3D printers and scanners. Besides reminding people about potential cybersecurity problems, it offers advice on how such devices and information that's stored or transmitted can be better protected.

NIST seeks experts to help create standards for digital forensics

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking experts to help develop standards for digital forensics, a fast-growing field dealing with the recovery of evidence such as data on cellphones or computers for criminal or civil investigations.

Cybersecurity technologies being developed, implemented to advance smart grid, new report says

Technologies with built-in cybersecurity functions are in development and in some cases rolling out across the nation's electricity grid as it's being transformed into a smart grid, according to the Energy Department's new status report.