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NIST Budget Shows Some Shift Toward Cybersecurity


Government agencies say they are ever-focused on cybersecurity and the National Institute of Standards and Technology appears to be an example of that.

The signed Consolidated and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 gives NIST $750.8 million for fiscal 2012, which is a slight increase from fiscal 2011.

However, one aspect that some are taking notice of, including the agency itself, is a shift of funds toward in-house and engineering for two cybersecurity programs, according to a recent GCN report.

The two programs highlighted were the:

  • NIST-housed National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence with $10 million appropriated, which intends to put private sector, academia, local governments and the federal government together to develop and trade technologies
  • NIST-managed National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace with $16.5 million, which works for more safe business transactions where the private sector will develop an identy ecosystem with government support

While funding was up for cybersecurity programs, contruction and maintenance for research facilities on a whole were down $14.5 million from last year, making for $55.4 million to go toward those efforts in 2012.

Programs such as the Technology Innovation Program and Baldrige Performace Excellence Program were cut, but the Scientific and Technical Research Services Program received a majority of the funding with $567 million, nearly $70 million more than 2011.

NIST indicated that the remainder of its budget went toward the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a private-public green initiative for manufacturing.

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