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Computer Security


The Computer Security Division (CSD), a component of NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), provides standards, guidelines and technology to protect information systems against threats to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and services.

CSD responds to numerous challenges and opportunities
in fulfilling its mission. CSD carries out a diverse research agenda and participates in many national priority initiatives, leading to the development and implementation of high-quality, cost-effective security and privacy mechanisms that improves information security across the federal government and throughout the national and international information security community.

FY2016, CSD continues to develop standards, metrics, tests, and validation programs to promote, measure, and validate the security in information systems and services. Recognizing the potential benefits of more automation in technical security operations. The CSD continues to work closely with federal agencies to improve their understanding and implementation of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) to protect their information and information systems. CSD supports a major intelligence community and national security community initiative to build a unified framework for information security across the federal government. This initiative is expected to result in greater standardization and more consistent and cost-effective security for all federal information systems.

As of October 1, 2015 the Computer Security Division was split into 2 divisions: (1) Computer Security and (2) Applied Cybersecurity. Both divisions work closely together on numerous programs/projects.

You may obtain more information about CSD’s programs at http://csrc.nist.gov or by contacting any of the CSD experts noted in the 2014 Computer Security Division Annual Report.

A-to-Z List of Computer Security Programs, Projects and Research at NIST.

Conferences and Events

We have included all of our division's highlights & accomplishments in our 2014 Computer Security Division Annual Report (Special Publication 800-176).

(Note: The 2015 Annual Report is expected to be posted to the NIST website by end of July - we will update the above link when a final PDF is made available).

To learn more about Computer Security efforts at NIST, please visit our Computer Security Resource Center (CSRC) website at http://csrc.nist.gov/



General Information:
Diane Honeycutt, Division Secretary
Phone: 301-975-8443
Fax: 301-975-8670

Division & CSRC Website Information:
Email Patrick O'Reilly -OR- Nikki Keller

Division's Postal Address:
ITL - Computer Security Division
100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8930
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8930