The National Institute of Standards and Technology is partnering with the state of Maryland and Montgomery County, Md. to establish a cybersecurity center near NIST’s Gaithersburg, Md. campus.
NIST said on Tuesday it signed a memorandum of understanding with state and county representatives to establish the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
NIST said the center will handle cases for interoperable cybersecurity templates related to health information technology, cloud computing, mobility and cryptography.
IT vendors and the public will be able to participate in center research.
NIST Director Patrick Gallagher said the agency wants the center to help individuals, businesses and agencies test solutions to make online activity safer.
NIST said it will share results from projects at the center with IT users and the vendor community.
NIST provided $10 million in fiscal year 2012 funding to establish the center.