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NIST plans future communications network for emergency responders

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is laying the foundation for what could eventually become a nationwide, interoperable network of emergency communications for the nation's first responders. The 4G network would replace a hodgepodge of proprietary, local radio systems that can't communicate with each other, and don't have good data capabilities. NIST is asking for public comments on what the baseline features of the system should be, as they try to determine what capabilities are already available from commercial industry and which ones will have to be created through R&D efforts.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology

Monday - 09/19/2011, 06:02pm EDT

NIST, GSA setting up cloud validation process

The goal is for independent third party companies to affirm commercial cloud providers meet the FedRAMP cybersecurity requirements. The agencies will model its approach after the one used to accredit vendors to provide products and services under HSPD-12. FedRAMP will not be ready until the fall.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , Ron Ross , Dave McClure , GSA , FOSE , cybersecurity , FedRAMP , security controls , privacy , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/21/2011, 06:55am EDT
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NIST to end mercury thermometer era

NIST's Gregory Strouse explains why the agency wants to end the use of mercury.

Tags: Gregory Strouse , mercury , thermometers , Dorobek Insider

Friday - 02/11/2011, 03:00pm EST
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NIST cloud guidelines address security, privacy concerns

NIST's Lee Badger and Tim Grance explain how the public can comment on two draft documents offering guidelines for public cloud use.

Tags: cloud computing , OMB , Tim Grance , Lee Badger , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 02/08/2011, 01:28pm EST
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$45M for cyber contests vanish

Senate Panel Tells NSF to Train More Cyber-Security Personnel

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , America Competes Reauthorization Act , National Ecological Observatory Network , NSF

Friday - 07/23/2010, 08:30am EDT

Cool Jobs: Fed holds weight of world on shoulders

Federal News Radio continues to highlight unorthodox ways that some feds spend their days with a visit to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cool Jobs in Government , Max Cacas

Thursday - 07/15/2010, 08:08am EDT
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Sammies Tracker: Quantum cryptography gets real

Quantum cryptography was first demonstrated in the laboratory in the 1980s and had largely been viewed as an experimental field due to a variety of practical difficulties. NIST's Joshua Bienfang made the dream come true.

Tags: Federal Drive , SAMMIES Tracker , quantum cryptography , Joshua Bienfang

Monday - 06/14/2010, 10:40am EDT
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NIST offers Continuous Monitoring FAQ

Rent-a-botnet attack for $9 an hour, Macs under attack by spyware

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , Cybersecurity Workforce , botnet , VeriSign , Apple

Wednesday - 06/02/2010, 09:23am EDT
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