Definition: The acronym, NIST, stands for the National Institution of Standards and Technology. The organization is a tremendous resource related to cutting edge science and high tech. One branch of the organization, the Computer Security Resource Center, is exclusively focused on information assurance. The scope of the resources at the CSRC resources website is noteworthy. The CSRC materials are dedicated to promoting information assurance activities. The organization is full of cutting edge news, groups and guides. All of the organization’s publications related to computer and network security are archived and can be downloaded.

The NIST also sponsored the Cyber Security Framework under which many organizations model their information security plan.

Its Relevance: Businesses, organizations and security professionals can find a wealth of information at the Computer Security Resource Center. The resource should be utilized even though the main thrust of the site is governmental. The standards and technical information can provide very helpful guidance.

Any organization that operating in a manner associated suggested by the NIST's framework may be considered as failing to practice due diligence.

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