Security Analysis of First Responder Mobile and Wearable Devices

Published in Resources on 12/17/2018

Public safety practitioners utilizing the forthcoming Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) will have smartphones, tablets, and wearables at their disposal. Although these devices should enable first responders to complete their missions, any influx of new technologies will introduce new security vulnerabilities.

Tagged Under: Cyber Security, Emergency Equipment, Emergency Response, Emergency Technology, Interagency, Offsite Response, Site Security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released NISTIR 8196, Security Analysis of First Responder Mobile and Wearable Devices, its draft report on the cybersecurity of mobile and wearables devices for first responders.  Draft NISTIR 8196 reviews the current and potential use cases of these mobile and wearable devices by first responders and then analyzes these devices from a cybersecurity vulnerabilities perspective. The goal of this analysis is to identify security objectives for mobile and wearable devices to assist jurisdictions with selecting secure devices and enable industry to design and produce securer public safety devices. Comments on the draft document may be submitted until January, 2019.
This document analyzes the needs of public safety mobile devices and wearables from a cybersecurity perspective, specifically for the fire service, emergency medical service (EMS), and law enforcement. To accomplish this goal, cybersecurity use cases were analyzed, previously known attacks against related systems were reviewed, and a threat model was created.

You can view a copy of NISTIR 8196 here: NISTIR 8196