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Security Publications

Security Analysis of First Responder 3 Mobile and Wearable Devices

February 7, 2019
Citation: NISTIR 8196
With the upcoming public safety broadband networks (PSBNs), mobile and wearable devices will become ideal options for first responders (firefighters, law enforcement and EMS). This document reviews the current and potential use cases of these mobile and wearable devices by first responders and then analyzes these devices from a cybersecurity perspective. Ultimately, the goal of this analysis is to identify security objectives for mobile and wearable devices to assist jurisdictions with selecting secure devices and enable industry to design and produce securer public safety devices. This document is intended for those acquiring mobile devices and wearables for deployment in public safety scenarios. This document may also be useful for those designing public safety smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices.

Considerations for Identity Management in Public Safety Networks

March 30, 2015
Citation: NISTIR 8014
This document analyzes approaches to identity management for public safety networks in an effort to assist individuals developing technical and policy requirements for public safety use. These considerations are scoped into the context of their applicability to public safety communications networks with a particular focus on the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) based on the Long Term Evolution (LTE) family of standards. A short background on identity management is provided alongside a review of applicable federal and industry guidance. Considerations are provided for identity proofing, selecting tokens, and the authentication process. While specific identity management technologies are analyzed, the document does not preclude other identity management technologies from being used in public safety communications networks.

Public Safety Mobile Application Security Requirements Workshop Summary

January 22, 2015
Citation: NISTIR 8018
This document captures the input received from the half-day workshop titled "Public Safety Mobile Application Security Requirements" organized by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, in cooperation with FirstNet and the Department of Commerce and held on February 25, 2014. This first-of-its-kind workshop was attended by public safety practitioners, mobile application developers, industry experts, and government officials who contributed their experience and knowledge to provide input in identifying security requirements for public safety mobile applications.

Usability and Security Considerations for Public Safety Mobile Authentication

July 27, 2016
Citation: NISTIR 8080
There is a need for cybersecurity capabilities and features to protect the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). However, cybersecurity requirements should not compromise the ability of first responders to complete their missions. In addition, the diversity of public safety disciplines means that one solution may not meet the usability needs of different disciplines. Understanding how public safety users operate in their different environments will allow for usable cybersecurity capabilities and features to be deployed and used. Although first responders work in a variety of disciplines, this report is focused on the Fire Service, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Law Enforcement. This report describes the constraints presented by the personal protective equipment, specialized gear, and unique operating environments and how such constraints may interact with mobile authentication requirements. The overarching goal of this work is analyzing which authentication solutions are the most appropriate and usable for first responders using mobile devices in operational scenarios.

Identifying and Categorizing Data Types for Public Safety Mobile Applications Workshop Report

June 01, 2016
Citation: NISTIR 8135
The Association of Public-Safety Communications (APCO), in cooperation with FirstNet and the Department of Commerce held a half-day workshop on June 2, 2015 titled "Identifying and Categorizing Data Types for Public Safety Mobile Applications." The goal of this workshop was to begin identifying different types of data that will flow through applications that operate on the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). A diverse group of first responders, industry leaders, and government representatives attended the workshop. This document describes the workshop and captures the input received from the workshop attendees.


Created October 23, 2017, Updated February 7, 2019