Mobile Application Single Sign-On

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The NCCoE has released the draft version of NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide SP 1800-13, Mobile Application Single Sign-On. Use the buttons below to view this publication in its entirety or scroll down for links to a specific section.

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Current Status

The NCCoE recently released a draft of the NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide, SP 1800-13, Mobile Application Single Sign-On: Improving Authentication for Public Safety First Responders. The project's public comment period has closed and received comments are being processed.

For ease of use, the guide is available in volumes:

  • SP 1800-13a: Executive Summary (PDF) (web page)
  • SP 1800-13b: Approach, Architecture, and Security Characteristics (PDF) (web page)
  • SP 1800-13c: How-To Guides (PDF) (web page)

Or download the complete guide (PDF).

See the two-page fact sheet for an overview of the project. 

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On-demand access to public safety data is critical to ensuring that public safety and first responder (PSFR) personnel can deliver the proper care and support during an emergency. This requirement necessitates heavy reliance on mobile platforms while in the field, which may be used to access sensitive information such as personally identifiable information (PII), law enforcement sensitive (LES) information, or protected health information (PHI). However, complex authentication requirements can hinder the process of providing emergency services, and any delay—even seconds—can become a matter of life or death.

In collaboration with stakeholders, the NCCoE aims to help PSFR personnel efficiently and securely gain access to mission data via mobile devices and applications. This project seeks to demonstrate, using standards-based commercially available and open source products, a reference design for multifactor authentication (MFA) and mobile single sign on (SSO) for native and web applications, while improving interoperability between mobile platforms, applications, and identity providers irrespective of the application development platform used in their construction.

Watch our RSA Conference 2018 project presentation and demonstration on mobile SSO for the public safety sector

Watch our RSA Conference 2018 project presentation and demonstration on mobile SSO for the public safety sector

Collaborating Vendors

Organizations participating in this project submitted their capabilities in response to an open call in the Federal Register for all sources of relevant security capabilities from academia and industry (vendors and integrators). The following respondents with relevant capabilities or product components (identified as “Technology Partners/Collaborators” herein) signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to collaborate with NIST in a consortium to build this example solution.

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