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NIST IR 8080 (Initial Public Draft)

Usability and Security Considerations for Public Safety Mobile Authentication

Date Published: November 2015
Comments Due: December 28, 2015 (public comment period is CLOSED)
Email Questions to: nistir8080@nist.gov


Yee-Yin Choong (NIST), Kristen Greene (NIST), Joshua Franklin (NIST)


In cooperation with the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program, NIST announces the release of NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 8080, Usability and Security Considerations for Public Safety Mobile Authentication. There is a need for cybersecurity capabilities and features to protect the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), however, these capabilities should not compromise the ability of first responders to complete their missions. This report describes the constraints presented by the personal protective equipment, specialized gear, unique operating environments, and how such constraints may interact with public safety. The overarching goal of this work is analyzing mobile authentication technologies to explore which may be more appropriate and usable for first responders.



local authentication; public safety; remote authentication; usability; usable security; identity management; authentication
Control Families

Identification and Authentication


Draft NISTIR 8080 (pdf)

Supplemental Material:
None available

Document History:
11/19/15: IR 8080 (Draft)
07/27/16: IR 8080 (Final)


Security and Privacy

authentication, usability


biometrics, mobile


communications & wireless

Laws and Regulations

First Responder Network Authority


public safety