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Under the sponsorship of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, MITRE operates the National Cybersecurity FFRDC to enhance cybersecurity and protect national information systems.

In October 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) selected MITRE to operate the nation's first FFRDC solely dedicated to cybersecurity. The FFRDC supports the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence’s (NCCoE’s) goal of accelerating the adoption of secure technologies to address today’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges.

Working with NIST, the National Cybersecurity FFRDC will help businesses secure their critical data and infrastructures by fostering public-private collaborations to identify and solve today’s real-world cybersecurity threats. Together, they will offer pragmatic approaches based on commercially available technologies.

NCCoE uses an innovative collaboration model to draw on a wide range of expertise. The team includes researchers from the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It also includes support from universities on the Academic Affiliates Council and key stakeholders from industry and government.

Providing Real-World Cybersecurity Best Practices

The NCCoE was originally established in 2012 by NIST, the State of Maryland, and Montgomery County, Md. to engage public and private partners in long- and short-term collaboration efforts. The center works with members of industry sectors—such as healthcare, financial services and energy—to identify shared concerns, develop model cybersecurity designs, and publish practice guides. It also works with small groups of vendors to develop “building blocks,” which address technical cybersecurity challenges common across multiple industries.

Cybersecurity is a core capability at MITRE. Over the course of more than 40 years of working with federal agencies to secure the nation’s critical cyber infrastructure, we have the necessary experience to draw on to help NCCoE advance the state of cybersecurity practice. MITRE’s ongoing collaborations with the cybersecurity community, particularly in advancing standards and facilitating threat-sharing, will also complement the NCCoE’s mission.

Mr. Samuel S. Visner leads the National Cybersecurity FFRDC. Learn more about Mr. Visner's role and experience.

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