White Paper (Retired Draft)

[Concept Paper] Identity and Access Management for Smart Home Devices

Date Published: June 2016
Comments Due: June 6, 2017 (public comment period is CLOSED)
Email Questions to: IoT-NCCoE@nist.gov


William Fisher (NIST), Sudhi Umarji (MITRE),


The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is seeking comments from industry on the challenges of identification, authentication, and authorization for devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) space; specifically requirements for authentication and authorization of autonomous non-person entities (NPE) found in smart home devices. Areas of interest include the following:

  • models for the lifecycle of IoT and/or smart home devices;
  • threat vectors and attack surfaces of smart home devices throughout their lifecycle;
  • using commercially available technology, methods for the identification, authentication, and authorization of smart home devices including:
    • core requirements in addressing these three capabilities;
    • implementation challenges;
    • potential security weaknesses or gaps;
    • mechanisms for NPE-to-NPE, NPE-to-Network, and NPE-to-Cloud authentication;
    • mechanisms for binding device, APIs, and user identity with applicable authentication contexts;
    • privacy risks to individuals raised by improving smart home device identification and authentication;
    • mechanisms that enable improved identification and authentication of smart home devices while maintaining individuals' privacy;
  • models for handling encryption on constrained devices; and
  • business cases for the identification, authentication, and authorization of smart home devices for which the NCCoE could build a demonstrable solution.

Based upon community feedback on these topics, the NCCoE will consider instantiating a project to engage in building an example solution using commercially available technology.

Comments due: None--comments accepted on an ongoing basis.
Submit comments using the link below.



Internet of Things; IoT; non-person entities; smart home; authentication; identity and access management; authorization
Control Families

Access Control; Identification and Authentication


Draft Concept Paper

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Document History:
06/06/16: White Paper (Draft)


Security and Privacy

cyber-physical systems; Internet of Things

smart grid