April 23, 2014

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and its new division, the IT Alliance for Public Sector, have submitted our comments in response to the Draft National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Interagency Report 7977, “NIST Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines Development Process.”  Our companies strongly support NIST’s work developing computer security standards and guidelines for U.S. federal non-national security information systems, including its work in cryptography.  The international community, in particular, needs to clearly understand what this process entails.  Our recommendations focus two main areas: sharpening some points in the NISTIR, and urging NIST to devote more resources to contributing its work to open, global standards development organizations to develop voluntary cryptographic standards used globally. 

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About ITAPS. ITAPS, a division of ITI, is an alliance of leading technology companies building and integrating the latest innovative technologies for the public sector market. With a focus on the federal, state, and local levels of government, as well as on educational institutions, ITAPS advocates for improved procurement policies and practices, while identifying business development opportunities and sharing market intelligence with our industry participants. Visit itaps.itic.org to learn more. Follow us on Twitter @ITAlliancePS.