Tag Archives: NIST

NIST Looks to Update Legislation on Patent Licensing Disclosure; Walter Copan Quoted

Walter Copan

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plans to update legislation that mandates companies, universities and non-profit organizations to disclose their inventions that were created through federal investments. Walter Copan, director of NIST, said the updates serve as a culmination of extensive stakeholder engagement and will help lay the foundation for U.S. technology transfer, entrepreneurship and innovation.

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NIST to Update Facial Recognition Standards Amid Pandemic-Driven Mask Norm

Facial Recognition

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has begun assessments on the use of facial recognition amid the pandemic where individuals usually wear masks that cover up most of the face. NIST is conducting studies on image quality and facial recognition performance when the scanned face is partially covered by a mask.

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Voyager Names Dr. Cheryl Shavers to Board of Directors

Voyager Space Holdings

Voyager Space Holdings announced the appointment of Dr. Cheryl Shavers to the company's Board of Directors. As a board member, Shavers will help guide Voyager as it continues on its mission to create a vertically integrated, publicly traded NewSpace company. Shavers currently serves as founder, chairman and CEO of Global Smarts.

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Army’s Standards-Compliant Universal Encryption Chip Enters Final Testing

Universal Encryption

The U.S. Army has commenced final testing for a reprogrammable cryptographic module that works as a universal chip that can support communications for computers, satellites, radios, unmanned aerial systems and ground infrastructure. The REprogrammable Single Chip Universal Encryptor (RESCUE) utilizes encryption algorithms from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Security Agency (NSA) to ensure baseline compliance.

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NIST Selects Four Awardees for Metals-Based 3D Printing Research

3D Printing Research

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has granted a total of almost $4 million to four institutions for help to further implement metals-based additive manufacturing in the U.S. Georgia Tech Research Corp., the University of Texas at El Paso, Purdue University and Northeastern University will each receive either nearly or exactly $1 million in grants under the Metals-Based Additive Manufacturing Grants Program.

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DHS Releases Positioning, Navigation & Timing System Resilience Guide

Resilient PNT

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued guidance for equipment vendors and critical infrastructure operators to ensure the resiliency of positioning, navigation and timing systems to GPS spoofing or jamming activity. “Combined with our collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on PNT risk profiles, the Conformance Framework will be a valuable risk management tool," said Willian Bryan, acting undersecretary for science and technology at DHS.

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NIST Seeks Comments on Four Draft Documents Offering Guidance on IoT Device Cybersecurity; Katerina Megas Quoted

Cyber Valhalla

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released four draft documents that offer recommendations and guidance on how federal agencies and manufacturers can ensure cybersecurity for internet of things (IoT)-based devices. The NISTIR 8259 documents seek to guide IoT device makers on how to implement the special publication.

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NCCoE Asks Feedback on Draft Report on Securing Containers in Multitenant Clouds

Codify FedRAMP

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft internal report on an approach based on hardware-enabled security to help protect application containers in multi-tenant cloud environments. Comments and feedback on the draft report “Hardware-Enabled Security: Container Platform Security Prototype” are due Jan. 29th.

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DISA Eyes Quantum-Resistant Computing Efforts in FY 21

Quantum Computing

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is looking to employ encryption concepts that could help protect defense systems against quantum threats. DISA plans to collaborate with the National Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on quantum-resistant encryption efforts and could release solicitations to support the initiative.

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NIST Studies Performance of Algorithms Created After Pandemic’s Arrival in Recognition of Masked Faces

Facial Recognition

A National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study has found that face recognition algorithms developed after the COVID-19 pandemic’s onset have exhibited better performance in identifying masked faces than software created before the pandemic. The study evaluated the performance of 65 post-COVID-19 algorithms in addition to previous software tested on masked faces. 

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