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NIST Nominee Walter Copan Cites Cybersecurity, Govt-Industry Partnerships as Top Priorities

Walter Copan

Walter Copan, nominee for the National Institute of Standards and Technology director post, has said he intends to prioritize the implementation of NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework that seeks to help federal agencies and industry protect their networks from cyber threats, the Science Magazine reported Monday.

“I think we all see cybersecurity as national security and economic security,” Copan said.

He said that he also aims for NIST’s cybersecurity efforts to benefit small- and medium-sized companies once confirmed.

“Statistics show that when [these businesses] are the victim of a cyber attack they go out of business in less than a year,” Copan added.

Copan noted that he also intends to facilitate partnerships between industry and agencies in an effort to advance the commercialization of novel technology platforms.

President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Copan to serve as NIST chief and commerce undersecretary for standards and technology.

Copan is president and CEO of Intellectual Property Engineering Group and is founding board member at nonprofit organization Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners.

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