ROCKVILLE, Md. — In recognition of the critical need to protect private-sector intellectual property and other valuable business data from a growing number of cyber threats 11 major companies have formally established partnerships with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Cyber Command Commander/National Security Agency (NSA) Director General Keith B. Alexander, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Montgomery County Chief Executive Isiah Leggett and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher joined the new partners for a signing ceremony today at the NCCOE’s facilities in Rockville, Md.
The center, a public-private partnership hosted by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), works with industry, academic and government experts to find practical solutions for businesses’ most pressing cybersecurity needs. The NCCoE was formed through a Memorandum of Understanding between the state of Maryland, Montgomery County and NIST.