NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
NIST stands for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It is a physical sciences laboratory and a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce. NIST’s mission is to promote and maintain measurement standards, develop technology, and foster innovation to enhance economic competitiveness and improve the quality of life.
NIST is known for its work in establishing and maintaining a wide range of measurement standards, including those related to time, length, mass, temperature, and many other physical quantities. These standards are used by industries, research institutions, and government agencies to ensure accurate and reliable measurements.
In addition to maintaining measurement standards, NIST conducts research and provides technical guidance in areas such as cybersecurity, information technology, manufacturing, engineering, and materials science. NIST is also involved in developing and promoting standards and guidelines for various industries, including cybersecurity, encryption, biometrics, and more.
NIST’s work has a broad impact on many sectors of society, ranging from ensuring the accuracy of scientific research and industrial manufacturing to promoting cybersecurity best practices and facilitating interoperability among different technologies.Back to Glossary Page