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Below are drafts of NIST computer security publications--FIPS, Special Publications and NISTIRs--that have been released for public review and comment.

Aug. 20, 2014

NIST IR 7966

DRAFT Security of Automated Access Management Using Secure Shell (SSH)

NIST announces the public comment release of Draft Interagency Report (IR) 7966, Security of Automated Access Management Using Secure Shell (SSH). The purpose of this document is to assist organizations in understanding the basics of Secure Shell (SSH) and SSH automated access management in an enterprise, focusing on the management of SSH access tokens. It discusses the basics of access management and automated access management and it examines the basics of SSH version 2.0. It describes the primary categories of vulnerabilities in SSH user key management and recommends possible mitigations for each category of vulnerability then it lists recommended practices for management. It explains risk mitigation for SSH access tokens. and it concludes with solution planning and deployment.
 
Please send your comments to NISTIR7966-comments@nist.gov by September 26, 2014 using the following template (see 2nd link below).

Draft NISTIR 7966 (356 KB)
Comment Template for Draft NISTIR 7966 (26 KB)

Aug 18, 2014

SP 800-163

DRAFT Technical Considerations for Vetting 3rd Party Mobile Applications

NIST announces that Draft Special Publication 800-163, Technical Considerations for Vetting 3rd Party Mobile Applications, is now available for public comment. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for vetting 3rd party software applications (apps) for mobile devices. Mobile app vetting is intended to assess a mobile app’s operational characteristics of secure behavior and reliability (including performance) so that organizations can determine if the app is acceptable for use in their expected environment. This document provides key technical software assurance considerations for organizations as they adopt mobile app vetting processes.
 
NIST requests comments on Draft Special Publication 800-163 by 5:00pm EDT on September 18, 2014. Please submit comments using the SP 800-163 comment template (see link below for Excel spreadsheet) to nist800-163@nist.gov with "Comments on Draft SP 800-163" in the subject line.

Draft SP 800-163 (365 KB)
Comment Template Form for Draft SP 800-163 (32 KB)

Aug. 6, 2014

SP 800-85 B-4

DRAFT PIV Data Model Conformance Test Guidelines

NIST produced a revised version of NIST Special Publication SP 800-85B PIV Data Model Conformance Test Guidelines. The revisions include additional tests necessary to test new features added to the PIV Data Model in SP 800-73-4 Parts 1. This document, after a review and comment period, will be published as NIST SP 800-85B-4. Federal agencies and private organizations including test laboratories as well as individuals are invited to review the draft Guidelines and submit comments to NIST by sending them to piv_comments@nist.gov with "Comments on Public Draft SP 800-85B-4" in the subject line.
 
Comments should be submitted using the comment template (Excel spreadsheet) - see second link below. The comment period closes at 5:00 EST (US and Canada) on September 5, 2014. All comments will be analyzed, consolidated, and used in revising the draft Guidelines before final publication.
 
Please note that NIST has made a one-time change in the revision number of SP 800-85B (skipping revision numbers 2 and 3) so we can align the current publication revision to SP 800-73-4.

Draft SP 800-85B-4 (1.6 MB)
Template for Submitting Public Comments (38 KB)

July 31, 2014

SP 800-53 A Rev.4

DRAFT Assessing Security and Privacy Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations: Building Effective Assessment Plans

NIST announces the release of Special Publication 800-53A, Revision 4, Assessing Security and Privacy Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations: Building Effective Assessment Plans (Initial Public Draft). SP 800-53A is a Joint Task Force publication and a companion guideline to SP 800-53, Revision 4, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations.
 
This update to SP 800-53A contains significant changes to the 2010 version of the publication in both content and format. The changes have been driven by four fundamental needs of federal agencies:
 
    • The need for new or updated assessment procedures for the security controls and privacy controls defined in NIST SP 800-53, Revision 4;
    • The need for a more granular breakdown of assessment objectives to support continuous monitoring and ongoing authorization programs;
    • The need for a more structured format and syntax for assessment procedures to support the use of automated tools for assessment and monitoring activities; and
    • The need to support assessments of security capabilities and privacy capabilities and root cause analysis of failure modes for individual security or privacy controls or groups of controls.
 
By addressing the above needs, organizations will have the flexibility to: (i) define specific parts of security controls and privacy controls requiring greater scrutiny; (ii) more effectively tailor the scope and level of effort required for assessments; (iii) assign assessment and monitoring frequencies on a more targeted basis; and (iv) take advantage of potential new opportunities to conduct assessments of security or privacy capabilities including analysis of control dependencies.
 
There have also been some significant improvements in the current security assessment procedures based on feedback from federal agencies reflecting lessons learned during the conduct of actual assessments as part of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) process. The improvements include, for example, clarification of terminology, expansion of the number of potential assessment methods and assessment objects on a per-control basis, and a simpler decomposition of assessment objects to align more closely with control statements.
 
In addition to the above, privacy terminology has been integrated into SP 800-53A in a manner that is complementary to and supportive of the privacy controls defined in SP 800-53, Appendix J. While security and privacy disciplines are distinct programmatic entities, there are also important dependencies between those entities—highlighting the need for the programs to complement one another to ensure the security and privacy goals and objectives of organizations are satisfied. As with any transformation, there will be changes in this publication and other supporting publications as the privacy integration moves forward and is completed. Privacy assessment procedures are not included in this draft. The privacy assessment procedures that will eventually populate Appendix J in this publication are currently under development by a joint interagency working group established by the Best Practices Subcommittee of the CIO Council Privacy Committee. The new assessment procedures, when completed, will be separately vetted through the traditional public review process employed by NIST and integrated into this publication at the appropriate time.
 
The changes to the current security assessment procedures in SP 800-53A and the future privacy assessment procedures, should result in significant improvements in the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of control assessments for federal agencies. Efficient and cost-effective assessments are essential in order to provide senior leaders with the necessary information to understand the security and privacy posture of their organizations and to be able to make credible, risk-based information security and privacy decisions.
 
Please note that NIST has made a one-time change in the revision number of SP 800-53A (skipping revision numbers 2 and 3) so we can align the current publication revision to SP 800-53.
 
Please send comments to sec-cert@nist.gov with "Comments Draft SP 800-53Arev4 in subject line. Comments will be accepted through September 26, 2014.

Draft SP 800-53A Revision 4 (5.3 MB)

July 29, 2014

NIST IR 8018

DRAFT Public Safety Mobile Application Security Requirements Workshop Summary

On February 25, 2014, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, in cooperation with FirstNet and the Department of Commerce held a half-day workshop titled “Public Safety Mobile Application Security Requirements” attended by public safety practitioners, mobile application developers, industry experts, and government officials. In this first-of-its-kind workshop, attendees contributed their experience and knowledge to provide input in identifying security requirements for public safety mobile applications. NISTIR 8018 describes the workshop and captures the input that was received from the workshop attendees.
 
The public comment period is from July 29, 2014 through September 13, 2014. Please send comments to: nistir8018@nist.gov

Draft NISTIR 8018

July 15, 2014

NIST IR 8014

DRAFT Considerations for Identity Management in Public Safety Mobile Networks

In cooperation with the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program, NIST announces the release of NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 8014, Considerations for Identity Management in Public Safety Mobile Networks. This document analyzes approaches to identity management for public safety networks in an effort to assist individuals developing technical and policy requirements for public safety use. These considerations are scoped into the context of their applicability to public safety communications networks with a particular focus on the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) based on the Long Term Evolution (LTE) family of standards. A short background on identity management is provided alongside a review of applicable federal and industry guidance. Considerations are provided for identity proofing, selecting tokens, and the authentication process.
 
The public comment period is from July 15, 2014 through August 22, 2014. Please send comments to nistir8014@nist.gov using the public comment template that is provided - see link below (MS Excel).

Draft NISTIR 8014 (420 KB)
Comment Template for Draft NISTIR 8014

Jun. 23, 2014

NIST IR 8006

DRAFT NIST Cloud Computing Forensic Science Challenges

This document summarizes the research performed by the members of the NIST Cloud Computing Forensic Science Working Group, and aggregates, categorizes and discusses the forensics challenges faced by experts when responding to incidents that have occurred in a cloud-computing ecosystem. The challenges are presented along with the associated literature that references them. The immediate goal of the document is to begin a dialogue on forensic science concerns in cloud computing ecosystems. The long-term goal of this effort is to gain a deeper understanding of those concerns (challenges) and to identify technologies and standards that can mitigate them.
 
PLEASE NOTE: NIST Computer Security Division has extended the public review period of the recently posted Draft NISTIR 8006, NIST Cloud Forensic Science Challenges. Comments on the document will be accepted until August 25, 2014
 
NIST requests comments on Draft NIST IR 8006 by (Extended date: August 25, 2014) - July 21 was initial deadline. Please submit comments to nistir8006@nist.gov using this public comment template (MS Word – see link below) with "Comments NIST IR 8006" in the subject line.

Draft NISTIR 8006 (885 KB)
Comment Template for Draft NISTIR 8006 (26 KB)

Jun. 3, 2014

SP 800-161

DRAFT Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems and Organizations (Second Draft)

This document provides guidance to federal departments and agencies on identifying, assessing, and mitigating Information and Communications Technology (ICT) supply chain risks at all levels in their organizations. It integrates ICT supply chain risk management (SCRM) into federal agency enterprise risk management activities by applying a multi-tiered SCRM-specific approach, including supply chain risk assessments and supply chain risk mitigation activities and guidance.
 
NIST requests comments on Draft NIST SP 800-161 by July 18, 2014. Please submit comments to scrm-nist@nist.gov using this public comment template (MS Word – see link below) with "Comments NIST SP 800-161" in the subject line.

(Second) Draft SP 800-161 (2.9 MB)
Template for Submitting Public Comments (45 KB)

Jun 2, 2014

SP 800-79 2

DRAFT Guidelines for the Authorization of Personal Identity Verification Card Issuers (PCI) and Derived PIV Credential Issuers (DPCI)

NIST announces that Draft Special Publication 800-79-2, Guidelines for the Authorization of Personal Identity Verification Card Issuers (PCI) and Derived PIV Credential Issuers (DPCI), is now available for public comment. This document has been updated to align with the release of FIPS 201-2, published in September 2013. The major changes for this revision of SP 800-79 include additions and updates to issuer controls in response to new or changed requirements in FIPS 201-2. These are:
 
  • Inclusion of issuer controls for Derived PIV Credentials Issuers (DPCI),
  • Addition of issuer controls for issuing PIV Cards under the grace period and for issuing PIV Cards to individuals under pseudonymous identity,
  • Addition of issuer controls for the PIV Card’s visual topography,
  • Updated issuer controls to detail controls for post-issuance updates of PIV Cards,
  • Updated references to the more recent credentialing guidance issued by OPM,
  • Addition of issuer controls with respect to the optional chain-of-trust records maintained by a PIV Card issuer, and.
  • Modified process to include an independent review prior to authorization of issuer.
 
NIST requests comments on Draft Special Publications 800-79-2 by 5:00pm EDT on June 30, 2014. Please submit comments on Draft SP 800-79-2 using the SP 800-79-2 comments template form (Excel spreadsheet - see link below) to PIVaccreditation@nist.gov with “Comments on Draft SP 800-79-2” in the subject line.

Draft SP 800-79-2 (978 KB)
Comment Template for Draft SP 800-79-2

May 29, 2014

NIST IR 7924

DRAFT Reference Certificate Policy (Second Draft)

NIST announces the public comment release of second draft of Interagency Report 7924, Reference Certificate Policy. The purpose of this document is to identify a set of security controls and practices to support the secure issuance of certificates. It was written in the form of a Certificate Policy (CP), a standard format for defining the expectations and requirements of the relying party community that will trust the certificates issued by its Certificate Authorities (CAs).
 
NIST released the first draft of this publication in April 2013 and received extensive public comments. This revised draft incorporates changes requested by commenters, many intended to improve the security controls identified in the document, provide additional flexibility for CAs, and clarify ambiguities in the previous release.
 
NIST requests comments on Draft IR 7924 by Friday, August 1, 2014. Please send comments to nistir7924-comments@nist.gov, using this public comment template (MS Word - see link below).

Second Draft NISTIR 7924 (636 KB)
Template for Submitting Public Comments (87 KB)

May 28, 2014

FIPS 202

DRAFT SHA-3 Standard: Permutation-Based Hash and Extendable-Output Functions

NIST published a Federal Register Notice, FRN 2014-12336, on May 28, 2014 to announce the publication of Draft FIPS 202, SHA-3 Standard: Permutation-Based Hash and Extendable-Output Functions, and Draft Revision of the Applicability Clause of FIPS 180-4, Secure Hash Standard, and request for comments. A 90-day public comment period is provided. Comments must be received by NIST on or before August 26, 2014 to be considered. Details for how to submit public comments are available in the FRN.
 
For details on the SHA-3 standardization effort, please refer to this page: http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/ST/hash/sha-3/sha-3_standardization.html.

Draft FIPS 202 (523 KB)
Federal Register Notice for FIPS 202
Draft Revision of the Applicability Clause of FIPS 180-4, Secure Hash Standard

May 19, 2014

SP 800-78-4

DRAFT Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for Personal Identity Verification

NIST announces that Revised Draft Special Publication 800-78-4, Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for Personal Identity Verification, is now available for public comment. The document has been modified to remove information about algorithms and key sizes that can no longer be used because their "Time Period for Use" is in the past. Revised Draft SP 800-78-4 also reflects changes to align with updates in Revised Draft SP 800-73-4. This document has been updated to reflect the disposition of comments that were received on the first draft of SP 800-78-4, which was published on May 13, 2013. The complete set of comments and dispositions is provided below (see last link for this draft below titled "Comments Received & Disposition from May 2013 draft to Revised Draft SP 800-78-4".
 
NIST requests comments on Revised Draft Special Publication 800-78-4 by 5:00pm EDT on June 16, 2014. Please submit comments on Revised Draft SP 800-78-4 using the SP 800-78-4 comment template form (see third link below for Excel spreadsheet) to piv_comments@nist.gov with "Comments on Revised Draft SP 800-78-4" in the subject line.

Revised Draft SP 800-78-4 (307 KB)
Tracking changes from May 2013 Draft (SP 800-78-4) to Revised Draft (294 KB)
Template for Submitting Public Comments (25 KB)
Comments Received & Disposition from May 2013 Draft (82 KB)

May 19, 2014

SP 800-73-4

DRAFT Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification (3 Parts)
Part 1- PIV Card Application Namespace, Data Model and Representation
Part 2- PIV Card Application Card Command Interface
Part 3- PIV Client Application Programming Interface

NIST announces that Revised Draft Special Publication 800-73-4, Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification, is now available for public comment. This document has been updated to reflect the disposition of comments that were received on the first draft of SP 800-73-4, which was published on May 13, 2013. The complete set of comments and dispositions is provided below (see last link for this draft below titled "Comments Received & Disposition from May 2013 draft to Revised Draft SP 800-73-4".
 
High level changes include:
  • A new data object has been created from which the value of the pairing code may be read, and additional clarifying information about the use of the pairing code has been provided.
  • In collaboration with the FICAM FIPS 201 Test Program (in response to comment # GSA-3), reduced some of the PIV Card options where possible, including deprecating:
    • rarely used data elements Buffer Length, DUNS and Organization Identifier in the CHUID data object
    • legacy data element MSCUID in all X.509 Certificate data objects and
    • legacy data elements Extended Application CardURL and Security Object Buffer in the Card Capability Container
   • Removed the two new optional data elements from the Discovery Object and created new data objects to store this new information.
  • Modified the key-establishment protocol to add additional details and to address security issues that were raised in the public comments and in “A Cryptographic Analysis of OPACITY.”
 
NIST also requests comments on the pairing code, which is part of the new Virtual Contact Interface (VCI) of the PIV Card. Its purpose is to prevent skimming of cardholder data in wireless environment by an unauthorized wireless reader in the vicinity of the cardholder and to ensure that ‘cardholder consent’ for the release of cardholder data is enabled. The pairing code is part of the Virtual Contact Interface that provides for communication and enables wireless transactions between the PIV Card and NFC-enabled devices for authentication, signing or encryption. . NIST assesses that the pairing code concept is the optimum method available to provide mitigation against a skimming threat.
 
NIST has received some comments objecting to the use of a pairing code to protect data against skimming in wireless environment and strongly recommending that this be removed. NIST is interested in receiving feedback on whether the new skimming protection measure shall be included on all PIV Cards that implement the VCI, or if it departments and agencies that issue the cards shall have the ability to disable this security control if there are specific use cases that conflict with pairing code function and alternate mitigating controls are available and identified.
(Endnote: Until now, signing and encryption functionalities have been restricted to the PIV Card’s contact interface and thus skimming has not been an issue)
 
NIST requests comments on Revised Draft Special Publications 800-73-4 by 5:00pm EDT on June 16, 2014. Please submit comments on Revised Draft SP 800-73-4 using the SP 800-73-4 comments template form (lnk to comment form in Excel spreadsheet is 2nd to last link below for this draft document) to piv_comments@nist.gov with “Comments on Revised Draft SP 800-73-4” in the subject line

Revised Draft Part 1: PIV Card Application Namespace, Data Model & Representation (964 KB)
Revised Draft Part 2: PIV Card Application Card Command Interface (644 KB)
Revised Draft Part 3: PIV Client Application Programming Interface (240 KB)
Draft Part 1 (tracking changes from 1st draft SP 800-73-4) (907 KB)
Draft Part 2 (tracking changes from 1st draft SP 800-73-4) (662 KB)
Draft Part 3 (tracking changes from 1st draft SP 800-73-4) (239 KB)
Template for Submitting Public Comments (24 KB)
Comments Received & Disposition from May 2013 draft to Revised Draft SP 800-73-4 (1.6 MB)

May 14, 2014

SP 800-82 Rev.2

DRAFT Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security

NIST announces the release of Special Publication 800-82, Revision 2, Guide to Industrial Control System (ICS) Security. Special Publication 800-82 provides guidance on how to improve the security in Industrial Control Systems (ICS), including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and other control system configurations such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), while addressing unique performance, reliability, and safety requirements. Special Publication 800-82: (i) provides an overview of ICS and typical system topologies; (ii) identifies typical threats to organizational missions and business functions supported by ICS; (iii) describes typical vulnerabilities in ICS; and (iv) provides recommended security controls (i.e., safeguards and countermeasures) to respond to the associated risks.
 
This document is the second revision to NIST SP 800-82, Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security. Updates in this revision include:
 
  • Updates to ICS threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Updates to ICS risk management, recommended practices and architectures,
  • Updates to current activities in ICS security,
  • Updates to security capabilities and tools for ICS,
  • Additional alignment with other ICS security standards and guidelines,
  • New tailoring guidance for NIST SP 800-53, Revision 4 security controls including the introduction of overlays,
  • An ICS overlay for NIST SP 800-53, Revision 4 security controls that provides tailored security control baselines for Low, Moderate, and High impact ICS.
 
Public comment period: May 14 through July 18, 2014
 
Comments on this publication may be submitted to:
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Attn: Computer Security Division, Information Technology Laboratory
100 Bureau Drive (Mail Stop 8930) Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8930
Electronic Mail: nist800-82rev2comments@nist.gov
 
Thanks again for taking the time to review the publication and for providing your comments.

Draft SP 800-82 Revision 2 (4.6 MB)

May 12, 2014

SP 800-160

DRAFT Systems Security Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Building Trustworthy Resilient Systems

NIST requests comments on the initial public draft of Special Publication (SP) 800-160, Systems Security Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Building Trustworthy Resilient Systems. The new security guidelines recommend steps to help develop a more defensible and survivable information technology (IT) infrastructure—including the component products, systems, and services that compose the infrastructure. A formal announcement of the publication is planned on May 13, 2014 at the College of Science and Engineering, Technology Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota. The public comment period runs from May 13 through July 11, 2014.
 
Comments can be sent to the NIST FISMA Team: sec-cert@nist.gov with "Draft SP 800-160 Comments" in the subject line.

Draft SP 800-160

May 5, 2014

SP 800-57 Part 3-Rev.1

DRAFT Recommendation for Key Management: Part 3 - Application-Specific Key Management Guidance

NIST would like to request comments on a Draft Revision of SP 800-57 Part 3, Recommendation for Key Management: Application-Specific Key Management Guidance.
 
This revision updates cryptographic requirements for the protocols and applications in the document so that the current required security strengths, as specified in SP 800-131A, can be achieved. This revision also adds security-related updates from the protocols addressed in the original version of the document, and a new section for Secure Shell (SSH).
 
Comments should be sent to SP80057Part3@nist.gov, with "Comments on SP 800-57, Part 3" in the subject line. Comments should be submitted by July 5th, 2014.

Draft SP 800-57 Part 3, Revision 1 (2.3 MB)

Apr. 21, 2014

SP 800-90 A Rev. 1 (2nd Draft)

DRAFT Recommendation for Random Number Generation Using Deterministic Random Bit Generators

NIST requests comments on a revision of SP-90A , Recommendation for Random Number Generation Using Deterministic Random Bit Generators. This revision removes the Dual_EC_DRBG from the document. An announcement contains the rationale for the revision and a proposed transition schedule.
 
Please send comments on the revision of SP 800-90A and the transition schedule to RBG_comments@nist.gov with “Comments on SP 800-90A” in the subject line.
 
The public comment period closed on May 23, 2014.

Draft SP 800-90A Rev. 1 (2nd draft)
Comments Received for Draft SP 800-90A Rev. 1 (2nd draft)

Mar. 14, 2014

SP 800-16 Rev. 1 (3rd draft)

DRAFT A Role-Based Model for Federal Information Technology / Cyber Security Training (3rd public draft)

NIST announces the release of Draft Special Publication (SP) 800- 16 Revision 1 (3rd public draft), A Role-Based Model For Federal Information Technology/Cyber Security Training for public comment. SP 800-16 describes information technology / cyber security role-based training for Federal Departments and Agencies and Organizations (Federal Organizations). Its primary focus is to provide a comprehensive, yet flexible, training methodology for the development of training courses or modules for personnel who have been identified as having significant information technology / cyber security responsibilities.
 
Please submit comments to sp80016-comments@nist.gov with “Comments on SP 800-16 Rev 1 (3rd draft)” in the subject line.
 
The public comment period closed on April 30, 2014.

Draft SP 800-16 Rev. 1 (3rd draft) (2.0 MB)

Mar. 13, 2014

SP 800-56 B-Rev.1

DRAFT Recommendation for Pair-Wise Key-Establishment Schemes Using Integer Factorization Cryptography

NIST announces the release of the draft revision of Special Publication 800-56B, Recommendation for Pair-Wise Key Establishment Schemes Using Integer Factorization Cryptography. SP 800-56B specifies key-establishment schemes based on the Rivest Shamir Adleman (RSA) algorithm. The revision is made on the August 2009 version. The main changes are listed in Appendix D.
 
Please submit comments to 56B2014rev-comments@nist.gov with "Comments on SP 800-56B (Revision 1)" in the subject line by May 30, 2014. The public comment period closed on May 30, 2014.

Draft SP 800-56B Revision 1 (975 KB)

Mar 7, 2014

SP 800-157

DRAFT Guidelines for Derived Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credentials

NIST announces that Draft Special Publication (SP) 800-157, Guidelines for Derived Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credentials, is now available for public comments. Draft SP 800-157 defines a technical specification for implementing and deploying Derived PIV Credentials to mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets. The goal of the Derived PIV Credential is to provide PIV-enabled authentication services from mobile devices to authenticate to remote systems.
 
There is a comment template provided for submitting comments for this draft SP - see link below. Comments on this publication may be submitted to piv_comments@nist.gov.
 
The public comment period closed on April 21, 2014.

Draft SP 800-157 (419 KB)
Comment Template for Draft SP 800-157 (38 KB)

Mar. 7, 2014

NIST IR 7981

DRAFT Mobile, PIV, and Authentication

NIST announces public comment release of NIST IR 7981, Mobile, PIV, and Authentication. NIST IR 7981 analysis and summarizes various current and near-term options for remote authentication with mobile devices that leverage both the investment in the PIV infrastructure and the unique security capabilities of mobile devices.
 
There is a comment template provided for submitting comments for this draft NISTIR - see link below. Comments on this publication may be submitted to piv_comments@nist.gov.
 
The public comment period closed on April 21, 2014.

Draft NISTIR 7981 (202 KB)
Comment Template for Draft NISTIR 7981 (32 KB)

Feb. 18, 2014

NIST IR 7977

DRAFT NIST Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines Development Process

Summary:
NIST requests comments on Draft NIST Interagency Report 7977, NIST Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines Development Process. This document describes the principles, processes and procedures behind our cryptographic standards development efforts. Comment period is now closed (April 18, 2014).
 
Background:
In November 2013, NIST initiated a review of its cryptographic standards development process in response to public concerns about the security of NIST cryptographic standards and guidelines.
 
To enable this review, we have compiled information about the principles, processes and procedures that drive our cryptographic standards development efforts to help the public understand how we develop our standards. This information is being published in draft NIST IR 7977, NIST Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines Development Process. We are soliciting public comments on this draft NIST IR to obtain feedback on the mechanisms we use to engage experts in industry, academia and government to develop these standards.
 
We will review all public comments, post them on the CSRC website, and publish a revised NIST IR based on the feedback we receive. This revised publication will serve as basis for our future standards development efforts.
 
The revised NIST IR 7977 will also serve as the basis for a review of our existing body of cryptographic work. We will examine the procedures used to develop each of our cryptographic standards or guidelines to ensure they were developed in accordance with the principles outlined in NIST IR 7977. If any current guidance does not meet the high standards set out in this process, we will address these issues as quickly as possible, taking into consideration the process used to develop the guidance and a technical review of the affected cryptographic algorithms or schemes.
 
Note to Reviewers:
As part of your review of NIST IR 7977, we request comments on the following topics:
 
    • Are there other principles that we should use to drive our standards development efforts?
    • What are the most effective processes identified in the draft for engaging the cryptographic community for providing the necessary inclusivity and transparency to develop strong, trustworthy standards? Are there other processes we should consider?
    • Do these processes include appropriate mechanisms to ensure proposed standards are thoroughly reviewed and interested parties’ views are heard? Are there other mechanisms that should be included in our process?
    • What are other communication channels that NIST should consider to effectively communicate with its stakeholders?

Draft NISTIR 7977 (208 KB)
Comments Received for Draft NISTIR 7977

Jan 7, 2014

SP 800-152

DRAFT A Profile for U. S. Federal Cryptographic Key Management Systems (CKMS)

NIST requests comments on the Draft of Special Publication (SP) 800-152, A Profile for U.S. Federal Cryptographic Key Management Systems. SP 800-152 contains requirements for the design, implementation, procurement, installation, configuration, management, operation, and use of a CKMS by U. S. Federal organizations. The Profile is based on SP 800-130, A Framework for Designing Cryptographic Key Management Systems (CKMS).
 
The public comment period closed on March 5, 2014.

Draft SP 800-152 (1.1 MB)
Comments Received on Draft SP 800-152

Dec 13, 2013

NIST IR 7863

DRAFT Cardholder Authentication for the PIV Digital Signature Key

NIST is pleased to announce Draft NIST Interagency Report 7863, Cardholder Authentication for the PIV Digital Signature Key, is available for public comment. NISTIR 7863 provides clarification for the requirement in FIPS 201-2 that a PIV cardholder perform an explicit user action prior to each use of the digital signature key stored on the card.
 
The public comment period closed on January 17, 2014.

Draft NISTIR 7863 (147 KB)
Comment Template for Submitting Comments (25 KB)

Oct. 25, 2013

NIST IR 7628 Rev. 1

DRAFT Guidelines for Smart Grid Cybersecurity:
Vol. 1 - Smart Grid Cybersecurity Strategy, Architecture, and High-Level Requirements
Vol. 2 - Privacy and the Smart Grid
Vol. 3 - Supportive Analyses and References

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks comments on draft NISTIR 7628 Revision 1, Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security. The comment period will be open from October 25 through December 23, 2013. Draft NISTIR 7628 Rev. 1 was completed by the NIST-led Smart Grid Cybersecurity Committee (formerly the Cyber Security Working Group) of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. The document has been updated to address changes in technologies and implementations since the release of NISTIR 7628 in September 2010. In addition, the document development strategy, cryptography and key management, privacy, vulnerability classes, research and development topics, standards review, and key power system use cases have been updated and expanded to reflect changes in the Smart Grid environment since 2010. The final version is expected to be posted in the spring of 2014.
 
Below are 6 links - the first 3 are for the NISTIR 7628 Rev. 1 which are broken down into 3 separate files (Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 in that order). Then the last 3 links provided are
 
The public comment period closed on December 24, 2013.

Draft NISTIR 7628 Rev. 1, Vol. 1
Draft NISTIR 7628 Rev. 1, Vol. 2
Draft NISTIR 7628 Rev. 1, Vol. 3
Vol. 1 Comment Template
Vol. 2 Comment Template
Vol. 3 Comment Template

Sep. 9, 2013

SP 800-90 Arev1-B-C

DRAFT Draft SP 800-90 Series: Random Bit Generators
800-90 A Rev. 1: Recommendation for Random Number Generation Using Deterministic Random Bit Generators
800-90 B: Recommendation for the Entropy Sources Used for Random Bit Generation
800-90 C: Recommendation for Random Bit Generator (RBG) Constructions

In light of recent reports, NIST is reopening the public comment period for Special Publication 800-90A and draft Special Publications 800-90B and 800-90C.
NIST is interested in public review and comment to ensure that the recommendations are accurate and provide the strongest cryptographic recommendations possible.
The public comment period closed on November 6, 2013.
 
In addition, the Computer Security Division has released a supplemental ITL Security Bulletin titled "NIST Opens Draft Special Publication 800-90A, Recommendation for Random Number Generation Using Deterministic Random Bit Generators, For Review and Comment (Supplemental ITL Bulletin for September 2013)" to support the draft revision effort.

Draft SP 800-90 A Rev. 1 (721 KB)
Draft SP 800-90 B (800 KB)
Draft SP 800-90 C (1.1 MB)
Comments Received Draft SP 800-90 A Rev. 1, B and C (469 KB)

July 8, 2013

SP 800-38 G

DRAFT Recommendation for Block Cipher Modes of Operation: Methods for Format-Preserving Encryption

NIST is pleased to announce that Draft NIST Special Publication 800-38G, Recommendation for Block Cipher Modes of Operation: Methods for Format-Preserving Encryption, is available for public comment. Format-preserving encryption (FPE) has emerged as a useful cryptographic tool, whose applications include financial-information security, data sanitization, and transparent encryption of fields in legacy databases.
 
Three methods are specified in this publication: FF1, FF2, and FF3. Each is a format-preserving, Feistel-based mode of operation of the AES block cipher. FF1 was submitted to NIST by Bellare, Rogaway and Spies under the name FFX[Radix]; FF2 was submitted to NIST by Vance under the name VAES3; and FF3 is the main component of the BPS mechanism that was submitted to NIST by Brier, Peyrin, and Stern. The submission documents are available at http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/ST/toolkit/BCM/modes_development.html.
 
The public comment period closed on September 3, 2013.

Draft SP 800-38G (1.3 MB)

Dec. 21, 2012

NIST IR 7904

DRAFT Trusted Geolocation in the Cloud: Proof of Concept Implementation

NIST announces the public comment release of Draft Interagency Report (IR) 7904, Trusted Geolocation in the Cloud: Proof of Concept Implementation. This publication explains selected security challenges involving Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing technologies and geolocation. It then describes a proof of concept implementation that was designed to address those challenges. The publication provides sufficient details about the proof of concept implementation so that organizations can reproduce it if desired. The publication is intended to be a blueprint or template that can be used by the general security community to validate and implement the described proof of concept implementation.
 
The public comment period closed on January 31, 2013.

Draft NISTIR 7904 (1.9 MB)

Oct. 31, 2012

SP 800-164

DRAFT Guidelines on Hardware-Rooted Security in Mobile Devices

NIST announces the public comment release of the draft NIST SP 800-164, Guidelines on Hardware-Rooted Security in Mobile Devices . The guidelines in this document are intended to provide a common baseline of security technologies that can be implemented across a wide range of mobile devices to help secure organization-issued mobile devices as well as devices brought into an organization, such as personally-owned devices used in enterprise environments (e.g., Bring Your Own Device, BYOD). It focuses on providing three security capabilities- device integrity, isolation, and protected storage- through the use of hardware-based roots of trust.
 
The intended audience for this document includes mobile Operating System (OS) vendors, device manufacturers, security software vendors, carriers, application software developers and information system security professionals who are responsible for managing the mobile devices in an enterprise environment.
 
The public comment period closed on December 14, 2012.

Draft SP 800-164 (340 KB)

Sep. 6, 2012

SP 800-88 Rev. 1

DRAFT Guidelines for Media Sanitization

NIST announces the release of Draft Special Publication 800-88 Revision 1, Guidelines for Media Sanitization for public review and comment. SP 800-88 discussed methods, techniques and best practices for the sanitization of target data on different media types and risk based approaches organizations can apply to establish and maintain a media sanitization program.
 
The public comment period closed on November 30, 2012.

Draft SP 800-88 Rev. 1 (428 KB)

July 25, 2012

SP 800-94 Rev. 1

DRAFT Guide to Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS)

NIST announces the public comment release of Draft Special Publication 800-94 (SP) Revision 1, Guide to Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS). This publication describes the characteristics of IDPS technologies and provides recommendations for designing, implementing, configuring, securing, monitoring, and maintaining them. The types of IDPS technologies are differentiated primarily by the types of events that they monitor and the ways in which they are deployed. This publication discusses the following four types of IDPS technologies: network-based, wireless, network behavior analysis (NBA), and host-based. Draft SP 800-94 Revision 1 updates the original SP 800-94, which was released in 2007.
 
The public comment period closed on August 31, 2012.

Draft SP 800-94 Rev. 1 (1.7 MB)

Jul. 10, 2012

NIST IR 7823

DRAFT Advanced Metering Infrastructure Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework

NIST announces the public comment release of Draft NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 7823, Advanced Metering Infrastructure Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework. Draft NISTIR 7823 proposes an example test framework and conformance test requirements for the firmware upgradeability process for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Smart Meters. The voluntary conformance test requirements in the Draft NISTIR 7823 are derived from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Requirements for Smart Meter Upgradeability standard, which defines requirements for Smart Meter firmware upgradeability in the context of an AMI system for industry stakeholders such as regulators, utilities, and vendors. Draft NISTIR 7823 identifies test procedures that the vendors and testers can voluntarily use to demonstrate a system’s conformance with the NEMA standard.
 
The public comment period closed on August 9, 2012.

Draft NISTIR 7823 (4 MB)
Template for Submitting Public Comments (22K)

May 7, 2012

NIST IR 7848

DRAFT Specification for the Asset Summary Reporting Format 1.0

NIST announces the public comment release of Draft NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 7848, Specification for the Asset Summary Reporting Format 1.0. NISTIR 7848 defines the Asset Summary Reporting (ASR) format version 1.0, a data model for expressing the data exchange format of summary information relative to one or more metrics. ASR reduces the bandwidth requirement to report information about assets in the aggregate since it allows for reporting aggregates relative to metrics, as opposed to reporting data about each individual asset, which can lead to a bloated data exchange. ASR is vendor neutral and leverages widely adopted, open specifications; it is flexible, and suited for a wide variety of reporting applications.
 
The public comment period closed on June 6, 2012.

Draft NISTIR 7848 (815 KB)

Jan. 20, 2012

NIST IR 7800

DRAFT Applying the Continuous Monitoring Technical Reference Model to the Asset, Configuration, and Vulnerability Management Domains

NIST announces the public comment release of Draft NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 7800, Applying the Continuous Monitoring Technical Reference Model to the Asset, Configuration, and Vulnerability Management Domains. This publication binds together the Continuous Monitoring workflows and capabilities described in NIST IR 7799 to specific data domains. It focuses on the Asset Management, Configuration and Vulnerability data domains. It leverages the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) version 1.2 for configuration and vulnerability scan content, and it dictates reporting results in an SCAP-compliant format. This specification describes an overview of the approach to each of the three domains, how they bind to specific communication protocols, and how those protocols interact. It then defines the specific requirements levied upon the various capabilities of the subsystems defined in NIST IR 7799 that enable each data domain.
 
The public comment period closed on February 17, 2012.

Draft NISTIR 7800 (515 KB)

Jan. 6, 2012

SP 800-117 Rev. 1

DRAFT Guide to Adopting and Using the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Version 1.2

NIST announces the public comment release of draft Special Publication (SP) 800-117 Revision 1, Guide to Adopting and Using the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Version 1.2. The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) version 1.2. This document discusses SCAP at a conceptual level, focusing on how organizations can use SCAP-enabled tools to enhance their security posture. It also explains to IT product and service vendors how they can adopt SCAP version 1.2 capabilities within their offerings. The intended audience for this document is individuals who have responsibilities for maintaining or verifying the security of systems in operational environments.
 
The public comment period closed on February 17, 2012.

Draft SP 800-117 Rev. 1 (153 KB)

Jan. 6, 2012

NIST IR 7799

DRAFT Continuous Monitoring Reference Model Workflow, Subsystem, and Interface Specifications

NIST announces the public comment release of Draft NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 7799, Continuous Monitoring Reference Model Workflow, Subsystem, and Interface Specifications. This publication provides the technical specifications for the continuous monitoring (CM) reference model presented in NIST IR 7756. These specifications enable multi-instance CM implementations, hierarchical tiers, multi-instance dynamic querying, sensor tasking, propagation of policy, policy monitoring, and policy compliance reporting. A major focus of the specifications is on workflows that describe the coordinated operation of all subsystems and components within the model. Another focus is on subsystem specifications that enable each subsystem to play its role within the workflows. The final focus is on interface specifications that supply communication paths between subsystems. These three sets of specifications (workflows, subsystems, and interfaces) are written to be data domain agnostic, which means that they can be used for CM regardless of the data domain that is being monitored.
 
The public comment period closed on February 17, 2012.

Draft NISTIR 7799 (1.2 MB)

Jan. 6, 2012

NIST IR 7756

DRAFT CAESARS Framework Extension: An Enterprise Continuous Monitoring Technical Reference Architecture

NIST announces the second public comment release of Draft NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 7756, CAESARS Framework Extension: An Enterprise Continuous Monitoring Technical Reference Architecture. This publication presents an enterprise continuous monitoring technical reference architecture that extends the framework provided by the Department of Homeland Security’s CAESARS architecture. The goal is to facilitate enterprise continuous monitoring by presenting a reference architecture that enables organizations to aggregate collected data from across a diverse set of security tools, analyze that data, perform scoring, enable user queries, and provide overall situational awareness. The model design is focused on enabling organizations to realize this capability by leveraging their existing security tools and thus avoiding complicated and resource intensive custom tool integration efforts.
 
The public comment period closed on February 17, 2012.

Draft NISTIR 7756 (2nd public draft) (942 KB)

Dec. 8, 2011

SP 800-155

DRAFT BIOS Integrity Measurement Guidelines

NIST announces the public comment release of NIST Special Publication 800-155, BIOS Integrity Measurement Guidelines. This document outlines the security components and security guidelines needed to establish a secure Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) integrity measurement and reporting chain. BIOS is a critical security component in systems due to its unique and privileged position within the personal computer (PC) architecture. A malicious or outdated BIOS could allow or be part of a sophisticated, targeted attack on an organization —either a permanent denial of service (if the BIOS is corrupted) or a persistent malware presence (if the BIOS is implanted with malware). The guidelines in this document are intended to facilitate the development of products that can detect problems with the BIOS so that organizations can take appropriate remedial action to prevent or limit harm. The security controls and procedures specified in this document are oriented to desktops and laptops deployed in an enterprise environment.
 
The public comment period closed on January 20, 2012.

Draft SP 800-155 (816 KB)

Dec. 6, 2011

NIST IR 7831

DRAFT Common Remediation Enumeration (CRE) Version 1.0

NIST announces the public comment release of Draft NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 7831, Common Remediation Enumeration Version 1.0. NISTIR 7831 defines the Common Remediation Enumeration (CRE) specification. CRE is part of an emerging suite of enterprise remediation specifications that enable automation and enhanced correlation of enterprise remediation activities. Each CRE entry represents a unique remediation activity and is assigned a globally unique CRE identifier (CRE-ID). This specification describes the core concepts of CRE and the technical components of a CRE entry, outlines how CRE entries are created, and defines the technical requirements for constructing CRE entries.
 
The public comment period closed on January 20, 2012.

Draft NISTIR 7831 (978 KB)

Feb. 10, 2011

NIST IR 7670

DRAFT Proposed Open Specifications for an Enterprise Remediation Automation Framework

NIST announces the public comment release of the draft NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 7670, Proposed Open Specifications for an Enterprise Remediation Automation Framework. This report examines technical use cases for enterprise remediation, identifies high-level requirements for these use cases, and proposes a set of emerging specifications that satisfy those requirements.
 
The public comment period closed on March 11, 2011.

Draft NISTIR 7670 (333 KB)

Mar. 10, 2010

NIST IR 7669

DRAFT Open Vulnerability Assessment Language (OVAL) Validation Program Derived Test Requirements

Draft NIST Interagency Report (IR) 7669, Open Vulnerability Assessment Language (OVAL) Validation Program Derived Test Requirements, describes the requirements that must be met by products to achieve OVAL Validation. Validation is awarded based on a defined set of OVAL capabilities by independent laboratories that have been accredited for OVAL testing by the NIST National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program. Draft NISTIR 7669 has been written primarily for accredited laboratories and for vendors interested in receiving OVAL validation for their products.
 
The public comment period closed on April 9, 2010.

NISTIR 7669 (277 KB)

Dec. 11, 2009

FIPS 140-3

DRAFT Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules (Revised Draft)

The Revised Draft FIPS 140-3 is the second public draft of NIST’s proposed revision of FIPS 140-2. The Revised Draft was developed using the comments received on the first public draft, which was posted for public review and comment on July 13, 2007, and the FIPS 140-3 Software Security Workshop held on March 18, 2008. While the 2007 Draft proposed 5 levels of security, the Revised Draft FIPS 140-3 reverts to 4 levels of security as currently specified in FIPS 140-2. In contrast to the 2007 Draft, the Revised Draft also reintroduces the notion of firmware cryptographic module and defines the security requirements for it, limits the overall security level for software cryptographic modules to Security Level 2, and removes the formal model requirement at Security Level 4. Differences with the current FIPS 140-2 standard include limiting the overall security level for software cryptographic modules to Security Level 2, requirements for mitigation of non-invasive attacks at higher security levels, elimination of the requirement for formal modeling at Security Level 4, modified conditions for pre-operational/power-on self-tests, and strengthened integrity testing.
 
The public comment period closed on March 11, 2010.
 
NOTE: Additional information regarding the FIPS 140-3 draft development can be found here on CSRC. Also, a complete set of all comments received in response to the July 2007 FIPS 140-3 draft and NIST’s responses to these commentsare available.

Draft FIPS 140-3 (revised draft) (706 KB)
Comment template for Draft FIPS 140-3 (revised draft) (38 KB)

July 14, 2009

SP 800-65 Rev. 1

DRAFT Recommendations for Integrating Information Security into the Capital Planning and Investment Control Process (CPIC)

NIST announces that Draft Special Publication (SP) 800-65 Revision 1, Recommendations for Integrating Information Security into the Capital Planning and Investment Control Process (CPIC), has been released for public comment. SP 800-65 is intended to help organizations in integrating information security into their CPIC processes by providing guidance on selecting, managing, and evaluating information security investments and accounting for information security in all IT investments.
 
The public comment period closed on August 14, 2009.

Draft SP 800-65 Rev. 1 (679 KB)

Apr. 21, 2009

SP 800-118

DRAFT Guide to Enterprise Password Management

NIST announces that Draft Special Publication (SP) 800-118, Guide to Enterprise Password Management, has been released for public comment. SP 800-118 is intended to help organizations understand and mitigate common threats against their character-based passwords. The guide focuses on topics such as defining password policy requirements and selecting centralized and local password management solutions.
 
The public comment period closed on May 29, 2009.

Draft SP 800-118 (181 KB)

Sep. 29, 2007

NIST IR 7328

DRAFT Security Assessment Provider Requirements and Customer Responsibilities: Building a Security Assessment Credentialing Program for Federal Information Systems

NIST announces the release of draft NIST Interagency Report 7328, Security Assessment Provider Requirements and Customer Responsibilities: Building a Security Assessment Credentialing Program for Federal Information Systems. This report provides an initial set of requirements security assessment providers should satisfy to demonstrate capability to conduct information system security control assessments in accordance with NIST standards and guidelines. This report also identifies some customer’s responsibilities in providing an effective and cooperative environment in which security assessments can take place, and in adequately preparing for security assessments. The purpose of this report is to facilitate community dialogue and obtain feedback for defining a minimum set of requirements that customers believe important for security assessment providers to demonstrate competence for a credentialing program. Based on comments received NIST will update and republish this report and use it as reference in further development of a credentialing program for security assessment providers. Security assessments involve the comprehensive assessment of the management, operational, and technical security controls in federal information systems to determine the extent to which the controls are implemented correctly, operating as intended, and producing the desired outcome with respect to meeting the security requirements for the system.
 
The public comment period closed on November 30, 2007.

Draft NISTIR 7328 (327 KB)

Oct. 6, 2006

SP 800-103

DRAFT An Ontology of Identity Credentials, Part I: Background and Formulation

NIST is pleased to announce the release of Draft of the Special Publication 800-103, An Ontology of Identity Credentials, Part 1: Background and Formulation. The SP 800-103 is available for a six week public comment period. This document provides the broadest possible range of identity credentials and supporting documents insofar as they pertain to identity credential issuance. Priority is given to examples of primary and secondary identity credentials issued within the United States. Part 2 of this document will provide an Extensible Markup Language (XML) schemas, as a framework for retention and exchange of identity credential information.
 
The public comment period closed on November 15, 2006.

Draft SP 800-103 (699 kB)
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