NIST Issues Draft Guidance on Implementing Cybersecurity for PNT Operations

NIST Issues Draft Guidance on Implementing Cybersecurity for PNT Operations
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created draft cybersecurity guidelines for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT)-based technologies.

NIST said Friday the Cybersecurity Profile for the Responsible Use of PNT Services is meant to guide agencies in applying the NIST cybersecurity framework to “help mitigate cybersecurity risks that endanger systems important to national and economic security”.

The draft guidance also serves as a response to an Executive Order issued earlier this year on the responsible use of PNT services for national security.

NIST’s PNT profile is the agency’s latest addition to its cybersecurity framework profiles created to support critical applications such as power grid, manufacturing and maritime operations. Jim McCarthy, co-author of the draft guidance and 2016 Wash100 Award winner, said the profile is meant to help “a broad set of users” across economic sectors.

“The ultimate goals are to identify systems that use PNT data and to detect disturbances to it. Doing so can help mitigate the risk of misuse of PNT data affecting our critical infrastructure, public health and national security.”

The guidance comes as NIST and OPNT are building a PNT central distribution hub for the East Coast in McLean, Virginia.

Comments on the draft guide are due on Nov. 23rd.

During Potomac Officers Club’s Ensuring PNT Superiority on the Future Battlefield Virtual Event, Nelson will discuss resiliency within the military’s existing GPS enterprise, sources of PNT that enable robustness and resilience and how to find ways to disrupt adversaries’ use of PNT information.

To register for Ensuring PNT Superiority on the Future Battlefield, as well as view upcoming opportunities, visit Potomac Officers Club’s Event Page.

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