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NISTIR 8196 (Draft)

Security Analysis of First Responder Mobile and Wearable Devices

Date Published: December 2018
Comments Due: February 6, 2019 (public comment period is CLOSED)
Email Questions to: nistir-8196-comments@nist.gov

Planning Note (12/18/2018): The comment closing date has been extended to February 6, 2019 (originally Jan. 7th).


Joshua Franklin (NIST), Gema Howell (NIST), Scott Ledgerwood (NIST), Jaydee Griffith (NTIA)


With the upcoming public safety broadband networks (PSBNs), mobile and wearable devices will become ideal options for first responders (firefighters, law enforcement and EMS). These devices will provide many benefits to first responders, such as quality communication on a dedicated network and the ability to send vital information necessary to achieve success during an emergency incident. As an effort through the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division, Draft NISTIR 8196, Security Analysis of First Responder Mobile and Wearable Devices, reviews the current and potential use cases of these mobile and wearable devices by first responders and then analyzes these devices from a cybersecurity perspective. Ultimately, 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.



cybersecurity; first responders; internet of things; IoT; mobile security; public safety; wearables
Control Families

None selected


NISTIR 8196 (Draft) (DOI)
Local Download

Supplemental Material:
Security Research Portfolio (from NIST's Public Safety Communications Research Division) (other)

Document History:
12/03/18: NISTIR 8196 (Draft)
05/11/20: NISTIR 8196 (Final)


Security and Privacy
general security & privacy

mobile; networks; sensors

public safety