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Budget cuts curtail NIST cybersecurity work, other programs

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will have to curtail its work on cybersecurity, terminate all its work with a law designed to improve the elections process and go to month-to-month funding for manufacturing programs because of its $22 million budget cut in fiscal 2004, according to the agency’s acting chief of staff. “Labs are really impacted by the most recent appropriation,” NIST’s Mat Heyman said. The list of cuts is long, but cybersecurity efforts will be reduced “substantially,” he said, noting that NIST researchers do a lot of work to ensure that control systems that manage power plants, water-supply systems and utilities are safe from cyber attack. “You would think that would be something we wouldn’t want to cut back,” Heyman said. Full Story

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