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NIST reorg plan would be a step back for security, former officials say




NIST reorg plan would be a step back for security, former officials say
NIST reorg plan would be a step back for security, former officials say



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http://gcn.com/articles/2009/08/24/update-2-nist-it-lab-reorganization.aspx 

By William Jackson
GCN.com
Aug 19, 2009

A proposed reorganization of the National Institute of Standards and 
Technology=E2=80=99s IT Laboratory would eliminate the Computer Security 
Division and distribute its resources and functions throughout the lab.

The Computer Security Division has produced standard encryption 
algorithms, guidance for complying with computer security requirements 
and standards for government use of information technology. NIST said 
the purpose of the reorganization, which has a target completion date of 
Oct. 1, is to better match the lab=E2=80=99s structure to its mission.

"The proposed reorganization would not include any reduction in force, 
or major changes in the lab=E2=80=99s core competencies," NIST said in a 
statement. "An additional key goal is to strengthen NIST=E2=80=99s cybersecurity 
efforts."

But a group of former NIST officials warns that the move would be a step 
backward for computer security.

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