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2nd Open Security Controls Assessment Language (OSCAL) Workshop

1 week 1 day hence
The National Institute of Standards and Technology will be hosting on Tuesday, February 2 and Wednesday, February 3, 2021, the second workshop in a new series focusing on the Open Security Controls Assessment Language (OSCAL). Setting the foundation for security automation, OSCAL provides machine-readable representations of control catalogs, control baselines, system security plans, assessment plans and assessment results in a set of formats expressed in XML, JSON, and YAML. Day one of the workshop will highlight OSCAL layers and models, with the goal to familiarize the audience with the OSCAL
Pauline Truong

Circular Economy in the High-Tech World

2 days 14 hours hence
This workshop will convene stakeholders from across the electronics, battery, and solar panel supply chains to assess technical and economic barriers to the reuse, refurbishment, and recycling of these products. The major goal of the workshop is to define NIST’s role in facilitating the transition to a circular economy and identifying actionable items for doing so. Attendees, including manufacturers, researchers, policymakers, industry organizations, and reuse, refurbishing, and recycling practitioners will watch keynote speeches by world-renowned experts in the circular economy, observe panel
Pauline Truong

DevSecOps and Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) for Multi-Cloud Environments

2 days 4 hours hence
Co-hosted by Tetrate This 1-day virtual conference will focus on DevSecOps and ZTA as foundational approaches in multi-cloud environments. They facilitate rapid secure application development, promote interoperability, and mitigate threats in a perimeter-less environment. The emphasis will be on delivery of DevSecOps and ZTA constructs through use of a “service mesh architecture” – a high-assurance operational infrastructure. These assurances are made available through new tool sets and open-source SDKs, that, through configuration and API calls, enable features such as mutual TLS, secure
Karen M. Startsman

The New NIST Fire Calorimetry Database Is Available to Answer Your Burning Questions

2 weeks 3 days ago
This news article is reproduced from a blog post that originally appeared in the NIST TAKING MEASURE Just a Standard Blog on December 16th, 2020. By: Matthew Bundy Several centuries ago, scientists discovered oxygen while experimenting with combustion and flames. One scientist called it “fire air.” Today, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), we continue to measure oxygen to study the behavior of fires. The NIST National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL) has four progressively larger canopy hoods that are used to research the behavior of fires. The hoods, like massive
Matthew Hoehler

A Database Rebuild to Champion the Bayh-Dole Act

2 weeks 4 days ago
Throughout history, many innovative ideas have been realized and brought to life within federal laboratories across the country. From this, it was discovered that there needed to be policies in place to ensure that federal institutions could properly report out about those inventions. The Bayh-Dole Act was ratified in 1980 to deal with inventions that came to fruition in federally funded laboratories. This landmark act provided an easily managed landscape for government agencies to oversee the discoveries from the multi-million, federally sponsored research and development programs. NIST has
Nicole Gingrich

NIST Software Tool Improves Your Doctor’s Vaccination Advice

1 month ago
Behind the scenes at your doctor’s office, there’s a complicated set of information that your providers have to absorb before telling you which vaccinations to get and when. A software tool created at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is helping them make better decisions. The software tool — called the Forecasting for Immunization Test Suite, or FITS — is helping ensure that your doctors are getting correct and up-to-date recommendations about when patients should get their vaccines. While your doctor remains responsible for the final decision, computers are vital
Sarah Henderson

NIST Releases Draft Guidance on Internet of Things Device Cybersecurity

1 month 1 week ago
As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows to connect an amazing diversity of devices to electronic networks, four new publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offer recommendations to federal agencies and manufacturers alike concerning effective cybersecurity for these devices. The four related publications will help address challenges raised in the recently signed IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 and begin to provide the guidance that law mandates. Together, the four documents — NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-213 and NIST Interagency Reports (NISTIRs
Sarah Henderson

NIST Exhibits at the 2020 Grace Hopper Conference

1 month 1 week ago
NIST will exhibit at the 2020 Grace Hopper Conference To learn how you can work with NIST, please see our opportunities. Information Technology Laboratory Careers Internships (Current positions open September 4, 2020 and close on Thursday, October 31, 2020) Student Trainee (Computer Science) – ZP1599- I / II Student Trainee (IT Specialist) – ZP2299 – I / II NIST NRC Postdoctoral Program (Two competitions per year, Open December 1 - February 1 and Open June 1 - August 1) Engineering Laboratory PREP Opportunities (Proposed start date: January 2021) Student or Full Time Employment Opportunity In
Thelma A. Allen

IEEE International Workshop on Spectrum Sharing Technology for Next Generation Communications

1 month 1 week ago
Workshop title: Spectrum Sharing Technology for Next Generation Communications Call for Papers: Due to the ever-increasing demands on wireless communications and limited spectrum resources, spectrum sharing (SS) is being developed as a key solution to alleviate the spectrum scarcity problem in the current and next generation (NG) communication systems. Major notable SS systems include the 5G New Radio Unlicensed (NR-U), unlicensed LTE or License Assisted Access (LAA), Internet of Things (IoT), CBRS 3-tier access, LTE-WLAN Aggregation (LWA), Multefire, and others. They have used various
Cynthia B. Kotary

NIST Releases Supplemental Materials for SP 800-53: Analysis of Changes Between Revisions 4 and 5, and Control Mappings

1 month 2 weeks ago
New supplemental materials for NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-53 Revision 5, Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations, are available for download to support the December 10, 2020 errata release of SP 800-53 and SP 800-53B, Control Baselines for Information Systems and Organizations. Errata updates to SP 800-53 Rev. 5 and SP 800-53B address errors, omissions, and clarifications based on internal review and stakeholder feedback—they do not fundamentally change the underlying technical specifications. Each document includes an errata table that identifies the
Thelma A. Allen

NIST Updates USGv6 Program in Support of New Federal IPv6 Initiatives

1 month 3 weeks ago
In November 2020, OMB issued memorandum M-21-07 "Completing the Transition to Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)", which outlines the Federal government's strategic intent "to deliver its information services, operate its networks, and access the services of others using only IPv6". This policy also instructed NIST to update and expand its USGv6 standards profile and test program to facilitate this government-wide initiative. In anticipation of this request NIST and its partners undertook a significant revision of the USGv6 Profile and Test Program to update their technical specifications and
Doug Montgomery

Face Recognition Software Shows Improvement in Recognizing Masked Faces

1 month 3 weeks ago
A new study of face recognition technology created after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shows that some software developers have made demonstrable progress at recognizing masked faces. The findings, produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), are detailed in a new report called Ongoing Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) Part 6B: Face Recognition Accuracy with Face Masks Using Post-COVID-19 Algorithms (NISTIR 8331). It is the agency’s first study that measures the performance of face recognition algorithms developed following the arrival of the pandemic. A
Sarah Henderson

NIST AI System Discovers New Material

2 months ago
When the words “artificial intelligence” (AI) come to mind, your first thoughts may be of super-smart computers, or robots that perform tasks without needing any help from humans. Now, a multi-institutional team including researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has accomplished something not too far off: They developed an AI algorithm called CAMEO that discovered a potentially useful new material without requiring additional training from scientists. The AI system could help reduce the amount of trial-and-error time scientists spend in the lab, while
Sarah Henderson

NIST Vehicle Teleoperation Forum

2 months 1 week ago
Join NIST on Friday, November 13, 2020 for a full day virtual forum designed to bring leaders industry, academia, and government agencies to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and potential paths forward in vehicle teleoperation. The forum presenters will present their views on the future of automated driving and vehicle teleoperation, the roles of cloud computing and 5G in vehicle teleoperation, and the key challenges to be addressed.
Crissy Robinson

NIST Offers ‘Quick-Start’ Guide for Its Security and Privacy Safeguards Catalog

2 months 3 weeks ago
If you’ve ever tried to set up a home entertainment system by poring over a thick manual, you might appreciate the manufacturer also providing you with a quick-start guide so you can get your party going in short order. Information security experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created what is essentially a quick-start guide to their flagship risk management tool, to help organizations reduce their security and privacy risks more easily. Their creation, whose full title is Control Baselines for Information Systems and Organizations (NIST Special Publication
Sarah Henderson

CyberWeek: Working Together to Improve Cybersecurity

2 months 3 weeks ago
The annual CyberWeek festival, hosted by CyberScoop, brings together people and organizations within the cybersecurity community, as well as C-suite leaders from technology-based industry, academia, and government, for the purpose of exchanging information, sharing best practices and discussing how to protect against and overcome cyberthreats facing the nation. This year, the event turned digital and provided a multitude of virtual conferences and seminars, for the attendees, over the course of a week from October 19 to October 23. The Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at NIST attended this
Nicole Gingrich

Safeguarding Critical Infrastructure: NIST Releases Draft Cybersecurity Guidance, Develops GPS-Free Backup for Timing Systems

3 months ago
Taking another step toward strengthening the nation’s critical infrastructure, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has drafted guidelines for applying its Cybersecurity Framework to critical technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) that use positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) data. Part of a larger NIST effort to implement a recent Executive Order to safeguard systems that rely on PNT data, these cybersecurity guidelines accompany recent NIST efforts to provide and test a resilient timekeeping signal that is independent of GPS. Formally titled the
Sarah Henderson

NICE Webinar: Addressing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap at Scale - Introducing Learning and Employment Records

3 months ago
The PowerPoint slides used during this webinar can be downloaded here. Download the Continuing Education Units form. Speakers: Rick Torres President and CEO National Student Clearinghouse Alex Kaplan Global Leader, Blockchain and AI for Industry Credentials IBM Talent and Transformation Darin R. Hobbs Director of Academic Records & Credentials Western Governors University Frank C. Cicio Jr. CEO and Founder iQ4 Synopsis: We are living in a skills-based economy where employers are seeking ways for learners (employees, job seekers, and students) to provide evidence of their skills or competencies
Laura Hatzes

Providing NIST Guest Researchers with the Tools they Need

3 months 1 week ago
NIST is made up of a wide array of professionals from many different backgrounds, from science and engineering to communications, information technology, and many more. Combining all of these fields onto one campus and cross-department cooperation builds this institute into a leader of standards and technology. Outside of the federal government employees here, there is another group of individuals that bring just as much to the table as anyone else, and they are the guest researchers. Guest researchers at NIST can be broken down into two groups: domestic associates and foreign associates. A
Nicole Gingrich

NIST Cybersecurity Expert Donna Dodson Receives Service to America Medal

3 months 2 weeks ago
Donna Dodson, a cybersecurity expert who worked for her entire 33-year career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been honored this week with a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for her numerous contributions to the field. Since 2002, the Partnership for Public Service has awarded “Sammies” medals to honor outstanding civil servants. One of just 11 winners chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations, Dodson received her medal in the Safety, Security and International Affairs category. “Donna Dodson demonstrates the profound impact that a single
Sarah Henderson
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