StrongKey, a cybersecurity company who makes breaches irrelevant with solutions built on open source hardware-based key management, was selected to collaborate with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCOE, under the U.S. Department of Commerce) in the Mobile Application Single Sign-On: Improving Authentication for Public Safety First Responders project to develop practical, interoperable cybersecurity approaches that address the real-world needs of complex and Information Technology (IT) systems.
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 that may be used by PSFR personnel to access sensitive information, such as personally identifiable information, law enforcement sensitive information, and protected health information. 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 NIST's Public Safety Communications Research lab and industry stakeholders, the NCCoE aims to help PSFR personnel efficiently and securely gain access to mission data via mobile devices and applications. This practice guide describes a reference design for multifactor authentication and mobile single sign-on for native and web applications while improving interoperability among mobile platforms, applications, and identity providers, regardless of the application development platform used in their construction. This NCCoE practice guide details a collaborative effort between the NCCoE and technology providers to demonstrate a standards-based approach that uses commercially available and open‑source products.
"StrongKey is excited to work with the NCCoE, once again leveraging its extensive cybersecurity experience in everything from protecting sensitive payments and health data to integrating with complex manufacturing processes and industrial IoT equipment," says COO Jake Kiser. The cybersecurity company works with organizations across industries to guard access with strong authentication, to protect against tampering with digital signatures, and to secure sensitive data with tokenized encryption and encrypted file management.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT HERE: Mobile Application Single Sign-On: Improving Authentication for Public Safety First Responders
About the NCCoE: The NCCoE, part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a collaborative hub where industry organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions work together to address businesses' most pressing cybersecurity issues. This public-private partnership enables the creation of practical cybersecurity solutions for specific industries, as well as for broad, cross-sector technology challenges.