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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence?

The NCCoE provides businesses with real-world cybersecurity capabilities—based on commercially available technologies. The center brings together experts from industry, government and academia to demonstrate cybersecurity example solutions that are usable, modular, repeatable, and based on standards and best practices.

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2. What is the NCCoE focused on accomplishing?

The NCCoE is dedicated to furthering innovation through the development of practical, standards-based cybersecurity reference designs and practice guides that acceleration their adoption. 

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3. Is the NCCoE a part of NIST?

Yes. The center was established in 2012 through a partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the State of Maryland and Montgomery County.

The NCCoE is part of the NIST Information Technology Laboratory and operates in close collaboration with the Computer Security Division. As a part of the NIST family, the center has access to a strong foundation of expertise, resources, relationships and experience.

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4. What are the benefits of collaborating with the NCCOE?

Industry members who suggest use cases to the center help to accelerate the availability of modular, repeatable, usable, standards-based cybersecurity reference designs that match their industry's business needs.

Technology vendors who participate in NCCoE use cases or building blocks have the opportunity to collaborate with other innovators in our state-of-the-art test bed environment while broadening their understanding of cybersecurity technologies and standards.

National Cybersecurity Excellence Partners help the NCCoE in its mission to advance U.S. businesses' adoption of practical cybersecurity capabilities, contributing to consumer confidence in e-commerce and the security of the nation's industries and critical infrastructure.

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5. How is the NCCoE different from other cybersecurity centers?

The NCCoE develops practical cybersecurity reference designs based on commercially available technologies that can be rapidly applied to the real challenges that businesses face each day.

The NCCoE does not perform conventional research and development (R&D) activities. 

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6. How is the NCCoE different from other centers of excellence?

The NCCoE is a state-of-the-art, collaborative environment that is similar in form and function to the types of innovation centers that many Fortune 500 companies rely upon.

In this space, the NCCoE brings together experts from industry, government and academia to build and demonstrate integrated cybersecurity reference designs that are modular, repeatable, usable, and based on standards and best practices. The center facilitates collaboration to identify and solve today’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges.

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7. How can my organization partner with the NCCoE?

There are several ways to work with us:

  • Participate in an NCCoE project as a vendor - Contribute your expertise, hardware or software to the example solution for a specific problem.

  • Participate in an NCCoE community of interest as a user of our example solutions, providing information and feedback to help validate and improve them.

  • Participate as an integrator - Help customers implement our example solutions in real environments and provide feedback.

  • The National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership - a formal mechanism for partnering with the NCCoE.

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8. How do I learn about opportunities to work with the NCCoE?

We host workshops, meetings and other events to interact with members of industry, government and academia who want to collaborate on projects and other initiatives that will lead to practical cybersecurity solutions. In addition, we occasionally publish in the Federal Register to invite the public to participate on a first-come, first-served basis in use cases and building blocks.

Please monitor the NCCoE website and the Federal Register for upcoming use cases relevant to your business, government agency or academic institution. To subscribe to updates from the NCCoE, enter your email address in the box in the upper right corner of this page.

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9. How can I contact the NCCoE if I want more information?

Email: nccoe@nist.gov

Telephone: (240) 314-6800

And see additional information at Contact Us

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