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NIST to Sponsor FFRDC Widespread Adoption of Integrated CyberSecurity

National Institute of Standards and Technology Proposed Establishment of a Federally Funded Research and Development Center

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Commerce, announced on Monday that it intends to sponsor a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) to facilitate public-private collaboration for accelerating the widespread adoption of integrated cybersecurity tools and technologies.


This is the first of three notices which must be published over a 90-day period in order to advise the public of the agency's intention to sponsor an FFRDC.


Written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on July 22, 2013.

Comments on this notice must be received by Keith Bubar, Contracting Officer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Mailstop 1640, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, including by email to Mr. Bubar at keith.bubar @


The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), hosted by NIST, is a public-private collaboration for accelerating the widespread adoption of integrated cybersecurity tools and technologies. The NCCoE will bring together experts from industry, government, and academia under one roof to develop practical, interoperable cybersecurity approaches that address the real world needs of complex Information Technology (IT) systems. By accelerating dissemination and use of these integrated tools and technologies for protecting IT assets, the NCCoE will enhance trust in U.S. IT communications, data, and storage systems, lower risk for companies and individuals in the use of IT systems, and encourage development of innovative, job-creating cybersecurity products and services.


NIST has identified the need to support the NCCoE's mission through the establishment of an FFRDC. In evaluating the need for the FFRDC, NIST determined that no existing FFRDC or contract vehicles provide the scope of services NIST requires. The proposed NCCoE FFRDC will have three primary purposes:



  1. Research, Development, Engineering, and Technical support;
  2. Program/Project Management, to include but not limited to expert advice and guidance in the areas of program and project management focused on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of cybersecurity applications, prototyping, demonstrations, and technical activities; and
  3. Facilities Management.



The proposed NCCoE FFRDC may also be utilized by non-sponsors.


The FFRDC will be established under the authority of 48 CFR 35.017.


The NCCoE FFRDC Contractor will be available to provide a wide range of support including, but not limited to:


Research, Development, Engineering and Technical Support:


Establish relationships with private sector organizations to use private sector resources to accomplish tasks that are integral to the operations and mission of the NCCoE.


Research and develop frameworks and implementation strategies for inducing industry to invest in and expedite adoption of effective cybersecurity controls and mechanisms on an enterprise-wide scale; and in collaboration with Federal and local governments, deliver planning and documentation support needed to transfer technologies developed by Federal cybersecurity organizations and the NCCoE to production, integration economic development, and operational implementation entities.


Provide systems engineering support to NCCoE programs and proposed security platform development, selection, and implementation. This will include NCCoE infrastructure, project planning, project implementation, and technology transfer components of the NCCoE's efforts to accelerate adoption of robust cybersecurity technologies in the government and private sectors.


Generate technical expertise to create a relevant cybersecurity workforce in coordination with the NCCoE staff and in close collaboration with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education and with Federal government, university, and industry participants and collaborators in NCCoE activities.


Deliver strategies and plans for applying cybersecurity standards, guidelines, and best practice inducements and capabilities to both government and private sectors.


Program/Project Management:


Work within the purpose, mission, general scope, or competency as assigned by the sponsoring agency.


Develop and maintain in-depth institutional knowledge ofNCCoE programs and operations in order to maintain continuity in the field of cybersecurity and to maintain a high degree of competence, objectivity, and independence in order to respond effectively to the emerging cybersecurity needs of the Nation.


Facilities Management:


In coordination with NCCoE staff, and in collaboration with the State of Maryland and Montgomery County, Maryland, manage physical and logical collaborative facilities to support the acceleration and adoption of robust cybersecurity technologies in the government and private sectors. The activity includes staff support for information technology operations, custodial functions, physical access management, and maintenance operations.


The FFRDC will partner with the sponsoring agency in the design and pursuit of mission goals; provide rapid responsiveness to changing requirements for personnel in all aspects of strategic, technical and program management; recognize Government objectives as its own objectives, partner in pursuit of excellence in public service; and allow for use of the FFRDC by non-sponsors.


This notice in accordance with 48 CFR 5.205(b) of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), to enable interested members of the public to provide comments on this proposed action. This is the first of three notices issued under the authority of 48 CFR 5.205(b). In particular, we are interested in feedback regarding the proposed scope of the work to be performed by the FFRDC, and the presence of any existing private- or public-sector capabilities in this area that NIST should be considering.


It is anticipated that a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be posted on FedBizOpps in the Summer of 2013.


For Further Information Contact: Keith Bubar via email at Keith.Bubar @ or telephone 301.975.8329.



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Marilyn Moux works at Knowledge Consulting Group in Alexandria Va as a Trusted Cyber Security Advisory - IT Security Outreach and Assessment. Previously She work at SYS-CON Media as a Business and Systems Analyst for their Cloud Expo, Media and Events Business for over 10 years. She is currently the Managing Editor for Ulitzer's CyberSecurity Journal.

Moux headed a solution-oriented risk-based information systems consulting business to help organizations operate more efficiently and effectively. She was also a management consultant at Perot System and Benton International for over 10 years. She is a seasoned entrepreneur and information security project manager with a consulting background that includes global corporations and public sector clients. She has focus on situational analysis, strategy, execution, people and leadership. She holds various security certifications including CISSP, CAP, CISA and Security+. She also certified in PMI - PMP, ITIL, and Cloud Computing. She is also an member of IEEE, Computer Society, ISACA, (ISC)2 and PMI. In addition, she is the Founder of "Women in Security Journal" on

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