MITRE to Operate Hub for NIST’s Rockville Cyber R&D Center; Penny Pritzker Comments

CybersecurityMITRE Corp. has received a potential 25-year, $5 billion contract to operate a federally-funded research-and-development center to support the National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s cybersecurity R&D center in Rockville, Maryland.

The Rockville-based National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence provides a facility for businesses to collaborate with industry, government and academia to develop tools and technologies for protecting data and digital infrastructures, NIST said Wednesday.

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NIST awarded $29 million in three initial task orders to MITRE under the single-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, which covers five base years of work and four five-year option periods.

The Commerce Department is committed to defending our nation’s digital infrastructure from cyberattacks and helping American companies strengthen cybersecurity, ” Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said.

“The NIST award announced today will enable the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence to expand and accelerate its public-private collaborations through the Department’s first Federally Funded Research and Development Center focused on boosting the security of U.S. information systems.”

NIST established the center in 2012 in an effort to help partners protect the country’s information systems.

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