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Guide to Bluetooth Security



John Padgette, Lidong Chen, Karen Scarfone


[Superseded by SP 800-121 Rev. 2 (May 2017): search.cfm?pub_id=922974] Bluetooth is an open standard for short-range radio frequency communication. Bluetooth technology is used primarily to establish wireless personal area networks. It has been integrated into many types of business and consumer devices, including cellular phones, personal digital assistants, laptops, automobiles, printers, and headsets. This publication provides information on the security capabilities of Bluetooth and gives recommendations to organizations employing Bluetooth technologies on securing them effectively. [Supersedes SP 800-121 (September 2008): pub_id=890066]
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-121 Rev 1
Report Number
800-121 Rev 1


Bluetooth, Bluetooth security, wireless networking, wireless network security, wireless personal area networks


Padgette, J. , Chen, L. and Scarfone, K. (2012), Guide to Bluetooth Security, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 24, 2024)


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Created June 10, 2012, Updated October 12, 2021