NIST Updates Cybersecurity Guide for First Responders

Jeff Brody

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the updated version of its cybersecurity practice guide to secure applications used in emergencies for first responders. The document details how organizations can utilize single sign-on and multi-factor authentication tools. The Mobile Application Single Sign-On: Improving Authentication for Public Safety First Responders aims to help public safety organizations accelerate authentication of responders. 

NIST said the document includes iOS version 12, provides expanded authentication options and improves interoperability of mobile platforms, applications and identity providers. The update comes amid the growing interest in 5G and the FirstNet public safety wireless broadband network, which may soon make existing authentication services less sustainable, the agency noted.

“On-demand access to public safety data is critical to ensuring that public safety and first responder personnel can deliver the proper care and support during an emergency,” NIST said. 

Organizations can submit comments on the updated guidance through June 28.

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