SP 800-187 (Draft)

Guide to LTE Security

Date Published: November 2016
Comments Due: December 22, 2016 (public comment period is CLOSED)
Email Questions to: LTEsecurity@nist.gov


Jeffrey Cichonski (NIST), Joshua Franklin (NIST), Michael Bartock (NIST)


NIST invites comments on Draft NIST SP 800-187, Guide to LTE Security. Cellular technology plays an increasingly large role in society as it has become the primary portal to the Internet for a large segment of the population. One of the main drivers making this change possible is the deployment of 4th generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular technologies. This document serves as a guide to the fundamentals of how LTE networks operate and explores the LTE security architecture. This is followed by an analysis of the threats posed to LTE networks and supporting mitigations. This document introduces high-level LTE concepts and discusses technical LTE security mechanisms in detail. Technical readers are expected to understand fundamental networking concepts and general network security. It is intended to assist those evaluating, adopting, and operating LTE networks, specifically telecommunications engineers, system administrators, cybersecurity practitioners, and security researchers.



cellular security; networking; Long Term Evolution; 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP); LTE; telecommunications; wireless
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Draft SP 800-187

Supplemental Material:
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Document History:
04/12/16: NISTIR 8071 (Draft)
11/21/16: SP 800-187 (Draft)



communications & wireless