Cybersecurity and Privacy Annual Report


Nelson Mandela famously said, “Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.”
This year, we celebrated a major milestone that we’re proud of: 50 years of cybersecurity at NIST. Over the last five decades, we have conducted research and developed guidance that has led to extraordinary advancements in cybersecurity.

Many of these advancements have taken on new life over the years as the world of cybersecurity shifts and adjusts. We look forward to outlining our accomplishments each year in these Annual Reports as we share how our dynamic projects help advance technology, cybersecurity and privacy standards and guidelines, and measurement science for all.

You’ll notice that this year’s Annual Report has a new look and feel. We are debuting a simpler format with less text and more pointers to our helpful and robust websites, and we organized the publication into seven key categories (see our table of contents for a list, and read about each one throughout this report).

This past year, NIST conducted research and demonstrated practical applications in several key priority areas, including Post Quantum Cryptography (and the selection of PQC algorithms for standardization); an update to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF 2.0), including new CSF rofiles; software and supply chain cybersecurity; our Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity guidelines work; launching a new comment site for our security and privacy controls and baselines (so we can get our resources into the hands of practitioners faster and improve the user experience for our customers); and much more.

We are always learning, growing, and creating, so sometimeswe forget to take a minute to reflect. This year, we enjoyed doing just that as we celebrated the very milestones that make us unique.


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