Security firm McAfee has partnered with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in a bid to strengthen both private and public cybersecurity.
The move comes as part of the National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership. Both companies will work together to create cybersecurity tools that can be used by government agencies and private companies.
"McAfee is a leader in this market, but we know we're not alone in the fight. Every attacker, every would-be cyber thief or terrorist is looking for loopholes and weaknesses in our cyber defences," said vice president for government relations at McAfee Tom Gann.
"Seamless security - a continuum of secure systems, no matter who makes or services them - is our goal. The center's goal of interoperability is an important step towards that."
The partnership will create tools that can be shared across the marketplace. According to McAfee, much of the work created by the team up will become available to the public.
Work done in the programme will be of significant importance for e-learning and e-health public initiatives. McAfee reports that work through the programme could prove vital for such initiatives that require the protection of the public's personal records.
Private enterprise is also a key concern for the partnerships. Earlier this year, security firm Mandiant identified a Chinese military unit which it accused of being behind cyber attacks on more than 140 major US firms.
The partnership comes as private and public industry begin to ramp up efforts to share more cybersecurity information. Earlier this month, the House Intelligence Committee passed a revamped version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)
The bill attempts to strengthen data sharing policies between private industry and the US government, although the initial proposals failed to garner sufficient support. CISPA 2.0 looks to get approval this go-around, on the back of amendments which put increased focus on user privacy.
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