First-ever federal standards strategy would make NIST’s work more relevant to industry


The strategy should identify specific areas of emerging tech where government wants to innovate, experts say.

Industry steps up on IoT cybersecurity — is it enough?


A consortium of some of the largest multinational corporations in the world has published a guide to help its members and other companies ensure cybersecurity as more and more industrial systems are connected to the internet.

NIST launches self-assessment tool for cybersecurity


The National Institute for Science and Technology has published a draft questionnaire that companies and other organizations can use to assess their cybersecurity "maturity" — a response, NIST says, to demand from the private sector.

New, stronger crypto standard lacks backward compatibility


The Internet Engineering Task Force is on the verge of approving a new standard for encrypted internet traffic that will make the web a safer place to shop, bank and browse — but which will also break a lot of old stuff.

Web consortium weighs work on blockchain standards


​The World Wide Web Consortium, the non-profit whose members develop the interoperable standards that keep the Internet open and accessible, is looking at possible standards for blockchain — the technology underlying bitcoin and other digital currencies.

NIST scientists ‘nervous’ about lightweight crypto for IoT


Federal scientists at the National Institute for Standards and Technology are working on new cryptographic standards for the tiny computers embedded into car engines, lightbulbs and others devices connected to the web for the Internet of Things — but the process makes some of them uneasy.