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NIST IR 8481 (Initial Public Draft)

Cybersecurity for Research: Findings and Possible Paths Forward

Date Published: August 31, 2023
Comments Due: October 31, 2023 (public comment period is CLOSED)
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Connie LaSalle (NIST), Gema Howell (NIST), Leilani Martinez (NIST)


To support implementation of the research cybersecurity effort detailed in Section 10229  of the CHIPS and Science Act, NIST is leading an initiative to disseminate and make publicly available resources to help qualifying institutions of higher education identify, assess, manage, and reduce cybersecurity risks related to conducting research.

Informed by community dialogue and an April 2023 Request for Comment, today NIST is publishing this Initial Public Draft of NIST Interagency Report (IR) 8481, Research for Cybersecurity: Findings and Possible Paths Forward.

Institutions of higher education, cybersecurity and privacy professionals, researchers, and any other interested parties are invited to review the draft and provide feedback by October 31, 2023. We encourage you to use this comment template when preparing and submitting your comments.

We appreciate your help! Feedback and comments should be sent via email to cyber4R&



access control; cybersecurity; cybersecurity awareness and education; cybersecurity risk management; controlled unclassified information (CUI); digital identity; higher education; information security; National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE); NIST Special Publication 800-53; NIST Special Publication 800-171; NIST Risk Management Framework; nonfederal systems; research and education (R&E); research cybersecurity; research security; risk management; safeguarding science; security; workforce
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Comment template (xlsx)
Cybersecurity for R&D project

Document History:
08/31/23: IR 8481 (Draft)


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