Commerce Seeks IT Networkers For NIST, Maryland Cyber Lab


The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced in February that it will partner with the state of Maryland to establish a cybersecurity center near NIST’s Gathersburg, Md. headquarters.

NIST said the center will handle cases for interoperable cybersecurity templates related to health information technology, cloud computing, mobility and cryptography.

The Commerce Department has now announced the center will rely on remote computer center-powered software and hardware, according to NextGov. 

The center will house NIST scientists, industry developers and academic researchers.

The center has $10 million in funding for 2012 but does not yet have a building.

The Commerce Department is still determining where to put the lab and wants a contractor to network the location over a three-month period, NextGov reports. 

The contractor will provide on-site networking and advise how the involved entities should purchase cloud services.

The lab will use social media and interactive tools, such as wikis or blogs, in order to update the public on effective software and strategies for using personal and work data on iPads. 

Contractors could then be responsible for copying all interactive tools of the center to an off-site cloud with the same technology and security components, according to NextGov. 

The department plans to hire 20 permanent employees and guest engineers for the lab. 

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