News and Events

June 05, 2018

NCCoE Lead Engineer, Bill Fisher, will participate on a panel entitled Security of the Future Public Safety Broadband Network at the 2018 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting. Mr. Fisher's panel will present on Thursday June 7th at 3pm and will include John Beltz of NIST PSCR, Sheila Frankel of NIST ITL, and Don Harriss of NIST PSCR.

May 17, 2018

Yubico’s recent collaboration with the U.S. National Institute of Standards (NIST) and National Cyber Center of Excellence (NCCoE) resulted in a three-volume draft practice guide for the improvement of mobile authentication methods for public safety professionals and first responders. In emergency situations, time is of the essence. Minutes and even seconds can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. The joint project was developed with this in mind, with the ultimate goal of creating reliable and secure mobile platforms that can be quickly accessed.

April 30, 2018

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence’s (NCCoE’s) most recent practice guide, Mobile Application Single Sign-On: Improving Authentication for Public Safety First Responders, aims to provide first responders with an efficient and secure means to access information from portable devices. This guide approaches security and efficiency from four angles: multifactor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), identity federation, and well-established standards.

April 16, 2018

The NCCoE will present and provide project demonstrations at the RSA Conference 2018 in San Francisco. Click for additional information on topics, times, and locations.

March 05, 2018

IWCE will be taking place on March 5-9 this year at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida and the NCCoE's Bill Fisher will be participating in two panels.

February 06, 2018

The IJIS Institute’s National Symposium is the only event focused on information sharing & safeguarding (IS&S) for justice, public safety, and homeland security. This year, NCCoE engineer Bill Fisher will speak on a panel about the center's Mobile Single Sign-On for Public Safety First Responders project at the event, which will be held in Arlington, Virginia.

The panel is tentatively scheduled for February 7th from 11:30-12:30 and will also feature Tom Gensch of 5th Column.


December 07, 2017

 In this webinar, the NCCoE’s Bill Fisher will demonstrate their Mobile Application Single Sign-On project, a reference design that integrates FIDO multifactor authentication (MFA) with mobile single sign on (SSO) for native and web applications, designed to help reduce the number of credentials PSFR must juggle and decrease time spent on authentication.

October 24, 2017

NIST has been talking with first responders across the country about what they’d like to see in wearable technology. 

Then early next year, NIST plans to begin testing products at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Rockville, Md. About 20 devices will be tested, including both phones and wearables (headsets, smart clothing, body cameras, and heads-up displays).

June 12, 2017

On June 12-14, 2017, NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) will host its annual Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting, which brings together representatives from public safety, Federal agencies, industry, and academia. Participants will hear from PSCR engineers about testing updates, upcoming R&D efforts, and opportunities to get involved. PSCR will also invite industry leaders and public safety partners to present on cutting-edge technology trends, features, and functionalities. The annual Stakeholder Meeting enables PSCR to receive direct input, guidance, and feedback from their diverse stakeholder community. NCCoE Security Engineer William Fisher will provide a project overview, architecture presentation, and demonstration of the NCCoE's...

November 30, 2016

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence on Tuesday issued a call for organizations to provide products and technical knowledge to support new cybersecurity platforms for “mobile application single sign on” capabilities for the public safety sector and first responders.

October 27, 2016

Police officers on patrol access a variety of computer systems from their in-vehicle laptops – from local  ticketing systems to state Department of Motor Vehicles databases to the FBI National Crime Information Center – all of which require unique, secure authentication. Juggling the security requirements of those myriad systems creates a logistical headache when combined with the often fast-paced demands of police work, said Don Tobin, the transportation lead at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.  

September 11, 2016

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is exploring technology that can help vehicle-based law enforcement officers securely and quickly access multiple software applications and databases. A faster authentication process could provide immediate access in dangerous circumstances—and while a vehicle is in motion.

August 02, 2016

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has collaborated with the first responder community to draft a proposed reference design for both multifactor authentication and mobile single sign-on to help overcome security concerns regarding public safety data in the field. The draft is aimed directly at the public safety/first responder community and details all the standards-based technical options that public safety organizations will need to consider incorporating into their mobile security services.

July 31, 2016

The NCCoE published a draft project description, Mobile Application Single Sign-on, and will collaborate with industry, academy and government experts as well as members of the Public Safety and First Responder community and vendors of cybersecurity systems to build integrated, open, end-to-end reference design. The NCCoe will aim to deliver single sign-on capacity for native, web and browser-based applications.

July 28, 2016

Developed by NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), in collaboration with the responder community, the draft discusses all the standards-based technical options and trade-offs that public safety organizations will need to build out a range of mobile security services for their users.