Policy Briefing

NIST's NCCoE releases authentication guidelines for first-responders.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) released Special Publication (SP) 1800-13A, “Mobile Application Single Sign-On: Improving Authentication for Public Safety First Responders.” As first responders transition to sharing sensitive data like health and law enforcement information via smart devices and broadband networks, speedy and secure authentication across organizational divides becomes paramount. SP 1800-13A explores commercial single sign-on, identity federation, and MFA solutions to the challenge.  

Jeremiah Gibber, Chief Marketing Officer at RiskLens, sees it as a response to a special case of managing a distributed workforce: "We continue to see a rapid escalation in ransomware and VPN-associated risks, exploiting the challenges associated with workforces becoming more distributed. The risks are significant and sometimes complex to manage given the various types of threats and third-party services company’s rely on to mitigate them.

Read more at: The Cyber Wire