In this digital age, connecting to the Internet can leave us at risk of having personal information stolen. As public safety agencies evolve and adopt new technologies, we must ensure that the sensitive information they capture and store is secure. NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) division’s Security Portfolio develops and enhances security solutions for current and future public safety communications. Identity, credential, and access management (ICAM) remains a major research focus for this portfolio.
Last year, PSCR held its first Public Safety and First Responders workshop, to discuss current best practices, gaps in security and technology, future-looking ICAM use cases, and the implications these technologies have on first responder daily operations. This year, our security team is following up with new guidance on critical topic areas under the ICAM umbrella, including identity federation, biometric authentication, and identity as a service (IDaaS).
PSCR, in partnership with NCCoE, identified critical technology areas that will likely influence the public safety technology field in the near future. In the past year, the team has worked to produce several informative and guiding resources for stakeholders to explain the technology impacts, considerations, and best practices. These publications will truly set the stage and lay a common groundwork for the field before individual public safety agencies begin to implement security solutions in identity federation, IDaaS, and biometric authentication.
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