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The primary goal of the Computer Security Division (CSD), a component of NIST's Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), is to provide standards and technology that protects information systems against threats to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and services.
CSD carries out a diverse research agenda and participates in many national priority initiatives, leading to the development and implementation of high-quality, cost-effective security and privacy mechanisms that improved information security across the federal government and throughout the national and international information security.
The CSD supports its mission and responsibilities through five groups:
- Cryptographic Technology Group
- Security Components and Mechanisms Group
- Secure Systems and Applications Group
- Security Outreach and Integration Group
- Security Testing, Validation, and Measurement Group
The CSD maintains an online Computer Security Resource Center.