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Trustworthy Networking

plum colored bullet Internet Infrastructure Protection:
Work with DHS, DoD and IETF to expedite the development and foster the deployment of new security technologies to protect the Internet infrastructure.

Keywords: IPsec/IKE, use of AES in internet protocols, DNS security, BGP security, NIIST simulation framework, Cerberus/PlutoPlus, IPv6, Government Profiles, Security Guidelines.

plum colored bullet Public Safety Communications
Develop requirements and standards for public safety communications and indoor localization technologies; develop simulation and modeling tools to assess network requirements; provide IP Telephony industry with applied research and test tools for VoIP and TR 25 technologies.

Keywords: integrated data, voice, image, and video services; first responders, emergency/disaster response, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), mobile ad-hoc networks, IEEE802, IETF, Project 25, TIA TR-8.

plum colored bullet Robust Mobility and Wireless Networks
Develop measurements and tools for mobility protocols and assist industry in developing standard protocols for seamless and secure mobility; assist IEEE 1073 in its development of guidelines for the use of wireless technologies for medical device communications, design, prototype, and evaluate mechanisms for interoperable wireless indoor communications, evaluate protocols and algorithms to facilitate standardization and adoption of wireless ad hoc networks.

Keywords: Access networks, sensor networks, mobile ad-hoc networks, WLAN, WPAN, handover, mobility, scalability, QoS, ad hoc routing, telemedicine, IEEE 1073, IEEE 802, IETF.

Complex Systems

plum colored bullet Measurement Science for Complex Information Systems:
Understand behavior of service-oriented architectures (SOAs) at large scale and investigate control regimes for SOAs. Develop information and knowledge management techniques necessary to enable self organization and self management of global information systems. Improve the quality of emerging public specifications for SOA technologies and to expedite the availability of viable commercial products.

Keywords: Grid computing, SOA, emergent behavior, control and management.

Emerging Technologies

plum colored bullet Quantum Information Networks:
Investigate engineering and measurement issues for quantum information networks, implement and test quantum cryptographic algorithms/quantum key distribution systems.

Keywords: quantum communication, cryptography & key distribution (QKD), BB84, free space optics, photon source/dectors.

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Spring DNSSEC Policy-to-Practice Workshop Held at NIST:
May 2008 -- The DNSSEC Deployment Initiative held a hands-on, policy-to-practice workshop for U.S. government DNS operators May 15-16 at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. There were 15 participants from 11 different organizations present, and the workshop was conducted by members of ITL and Sparta Inc contractors. Attendees learned how to deploy DNSSEC to meet the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) security controls. At least one participant is continuing their deployment through an active delegation in the Secure Naming Infrastructure (SNIP) pilot domain. The SNIP and hands-on workshops are part of the DNSSEC Deployment Initiative sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T). Another workshop is tentatively scheduled for fall of 2008. More information can be found at

Contact:Scott Rose (

Montgomery Receivs Federal Computer Week 2008 Federal 100 Award
March 2008 -- Doug Montgomery received the Federal 100 Award for his leadership and technical contributions in the development of a standards profile, A Profile for IPv6 in the U.S. Government - Version 1.0, to support the implementation of Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) by government agencies. The profile provides a long-term strategy for 2010 and beyond; it recommends technical standards for common network devices, such as hosts, routers, firewalls and intrusion detection systems. It also outlines the compliance and testing programs that NIST will be establishing to ensure that IPv6-enabled federal information systems are interoperable and secure, and that they work with existing IPv4 systems. The winners are nominated by Federal Computer Week readers and selected by an independent panel of judges for their contributions to the development, acquisition or management of federal IT.
Mr. Montgomery will be honored at a March 24 gala in McLean, Virginia.
Contact:Doug Montgomery (

Announcing DRAFT NIST SP500-267 A Profile for IPv6 in the U.S. Government - Version 1.0 (Draft 2)
A DRAFT of NIST Special Publication 500-267, A Profile for IPv6 in the U.S. Government - Version 1.0 (Draft 2), is now available for public comment. This publication provides a standards profile to assist federal agencies in developing plans to acquire and deploy products that implement Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). The profile recommends IPv6 capabilities for common network devices, including hosts, routers, intrusion detection systems, and firewalls, and includes a selection of IPv6 standards and specifications needed to meet the minimum operational requirements of most federal agencies.

Additional details on downloading the draft special publication and the process for submitting comments can be found here:

Domain Name System Security (DNSSEC) Policy to Practice Workshop for USG DNS Operators
NIST, in collaboration with Sparta, DHS and the initiative, with host a hands-on, policy-to-practice, workshop for USG DNS operators October 24 and 25, 2007 at NIST. The workshop is aimed to help USG network operators understand, pilot and deploy DNSSEC technologies in accordance with recent NIST technical guidance and FISMA policies. Participants will be lead through hands-on tutorials on the technologies, tools, policies and practices necessary for successful DNSSEC deployment in .gov domains. As part of the workshop, participants will establish pilot domains in the Secure Naming Infrastructure Pilot (SNIP) testbed ( It is envisioned that USG DNS operators will continue to participate in the on-going SNIP testbed activities following the workshop.

USG DNS Operators, and DNSSEC technology vendors wishing to participate in the workshop, and the SNIP testbed activities to follow, should contact for further details and to register to participate.

In December 2006, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released Special Publication 800-53, Revision 1, Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems. This guidance includes a plan for staged deployment of DNSSEC technology within federal IT systems, and specifies the mandatory minimum DNS security controls necessary to comply with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) required by the FISMA legislation. A draft revision of Special Publication 800-53A Guide for Assessing the Security Controls in Federal Information Systems that addresses corresponding DNSSEC assessment guides is currently under development.

NIST QKD System Received 2007 R&D 100 Award
October 1, 2007 - The high-speed fiber Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) system built in ANTD won a 2007 R&D 100 award. It was selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of the R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most technologically significant products within the past year. It was noted that this year’s program was particularly competitive. The team has been invited to attend a black tie gala event at Chicago’s Navy Pier on October 18 to formally collect their award.
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