Legislators and policymakers met at the Maryland State House last week to sign an agreement that provides for the expansion of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
NCCoE, a project of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Information Technology Laboratory, provides firms with cybersecurity solutions developed from commercially available technology. The center collaborates with industry leaders, government and academia to identify and solve modern cybersecurity challenges.
The agreement was signed by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Maryland Secretary of Economic Development Dominick Murray and NIST Director and Under Secretary of Commerce Patrick Gallagher.
Under the terms of the agreement, NCCoE will be relocated to a permanent building near NIST in Gaithersburg, Md.
The agreement also encourages the transfer of government-developed technologies among government agencies and to companies for licensing, which aims to help local and state municipal economic development departments support new security technologies and identify workforce needs.