U.S. flag   An official website of the United States government
Dot gov

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.


Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock (Dot gov) or https:// means you've safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

White Paper (Draft)

[Project Description] Trusted Internet of Things (IoT) Device Network-Layer Onboarding and Lifecycle Management: Enhancing Internet Protocol-Based IoT Device and Network Security

Date Published: March 2021
Comments Due: April 19, 2021 (public comment period is CLOSED)
Email Questions to: iot-onboarding@nist.gov

Planning Note (4/19/2021): The comment period has been extended from April 19 to April 21.


Paul Watrobski (NIST), Murugiah Souppaya (NIST), William Barker (Dakota Consulting), Susan Symington (MITRE), Parisa Grayeli (MITRE), Joshua Klosterman (MITRE), Blaine Mulugeta (MITRE)


Network-layer onboarding of an Internet of Things (IoT) device is the provisioning of network credentials to that device. The current lack of trusted IoT device onboarding processes leaves many networks vulnerable to having unauthorized devices connect to them. It also leaves devices vulnerable to being taken over by networks that are not authorized to onboard them.

This National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) project will focus on approaches to trusted network-layer onboarding of IoT devices and lifecycle management of the devices. The NCCoE will build a trusted network-layer onboarding solution example using commercially available technology that will address a set of cybersecurity challenges aligned to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. This project will result in a freely available NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide.



application-layer onboarding; attestation; bootstrapping; device lifecycle management; hardware root of trust; internet of things (IoT); network-layer onboarding; network security; network segmentation
Control Families

Access Control; Identification and Authentication


Draft Project Description

Supplemental Material:
Submit comments (web)
Project homepage (web)

Related NIST Publications:
White Paper (Draft)

Document History:
03/16/21: White Paper (Draft)
05/20/21: White Paper (Final)


Security and Privacy
access authorization; access control; asset management; roots of trust


Internet of Things