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Obama administration satisfied with cybersecurity regulations

The Obama administration doesn't need to develop new cybersecurity regulations, a review by the administration has concluded. Voluntary implementation of the cybersecurity framework that the National Institute of Standards and Technology released in February will suffice for now.

NIST touts FirstNet technology transfer

Emergency service agencies nationwide are benefitting from its public safety broadband demonstration network because the use of proprietary systems and non-contiguous spectrum assignments have thus far prevented the standardization of nationwide public safety communications, said NIST.

Ron Ross dissects NIST's newest guidance – what it means for agencies

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a new draft publication May 13, which aims to help agencies build or acquire IT systems with better security baked in from the start, by outlining best practices and recognized software engineering principals.  FierceGovernmentIT  spoke with Computer Scientist and NIST Fellow Ron Ross May 14, to learn more about the newest draft guidance.

NIST seeks to better define, assess technology transfer

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has adopted a more comprehensive definition of technology transfer and is improving the metrics it relies on when assessing its efficiency and success in transferring technology to the private sector.

NIST updates data transfer security guide, tells agencies to draft migration plans by year end

Federal IT managers have new guidance for securing sensitive but unclassified data transferred over the Internet or to insecure media. The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued updated instructions for selecting, configuring and using transport layer security, or TLS.

DHS testing biometric exit devices at mock airport this summer

The Homeland Security Department is preparing to test biometric devices that will let it track passengers when they exit the country, in response to a congressional mandate that it has struggled for more than a decade to fulfill.

NIST drops random number generator under suspicion of NSA tampering

A random number generating algorithm under suspicion of National Security Agency tampering will no longer carry government approval. The National Institute of Standards and Technology  announced  Monday it will remove the algorithm in question, the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator, from its publication containing pseudorandom generator standards.

NIST notes progress in smart grid interoperability update

A proposed update to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's smart grid interoperability standards publication would incorporate changes in governance and international collaboration that have occurred since 2012.

NIST unveils AppVet for mobile application evaluation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released version 1 of a free, open source system comprised of a web application, tools and clients for testing and evaluating the security of mobile applications.

Metrics matter in privacy engineering

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – As the privacy field seeks greater precision in a bid to make technical implementation of privacy controls a possibility, it should be cautious about the metrics it adopts, warns a computer scientist.