Earlier this year the President signed a Memorandum issuing the Digital Government Strategy, which was designed to build a 21st Century digital government that delivers better services to the American people. The strategy recognizes the potential for mobile devices to be increasingly vulnerable to malicious or accidental security and privacy breaches, and the resulting need to continually review new technologies to ensure protections are sufficiently put into place.
As a part of the strategy, NIST was asked to report on its ongoing work in mobility, including the applicability of NIST's standards and guidelines to mobile devices and platforms. As a non-regulatory agency of the Department of Commerce, NIST has the responsibility to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.
In response, NIST is releasing The Role of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Mobile Security—an overview of the work of NIST in security and privacy for mobile technology as well as an overview on how NIST standards and guidelines can be applied in the mobile environment.