nist - Computer Definition
nee National Bureau of Standards (NBS). An agency of the United States Department of Commerce, NIST has the stated mission of promoting U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and promote the quality of life. As an example, NIST developed the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), a highly secure encryption algorithm used the United States government for sensitive unclassified documents.AES also is used in a number of commercial applications. See Appendix A for contact information. See also AES.
(National Institute of Standards & Technology, Washington, DC, www.nist.gov) The standards-defining agency of the U.S. government, formerly the National Bureau of Standards. It is one of three agencies that fall under the Technology Administration (www.technology.gov), a branch of the U.S. Commerce Department that is devoted to advancing American economic growth through the use of technology. Besides NIST, there are the National Technical Information Service (www.ntis.gov) and the Office of Technology Policy (www.technology.gov/OTPolicy).