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Simpler sign-on for police officers

October 27, 2016

Police officers on patrol access a variety of computer systems from their in-vehicle laptops – from local  ticketing systems to state Department of Motor Vehicles databases to the FBI National Crime Information Center – all of which require unique, secure authentication. Juggling the security requirements of those myriad systems creates a logistical headache when combined with the often fast-paced demands of police work, said Don Tobin, the transportation lead at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.  

NIST seeks comment on mobile device security, vehicle systems authentication projects

September 20, 2016

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence on Tuesday announced public comment periods on three cybersecurity projects addressing mobile devices and law enforcement vehicle systems. The NCCoE will accept comments on its Assessing Threats to Mobile Devices and Infrastructure and Mobile Threat Catalogue until Oct. 7. Those two projects are aimed at identifying “a set of security controls and countermeasures that address mobile threats in a holistic manner.”

NCCoE Studies Authentication Sign-On Technology for Law Enforcement Vehicle Computers

September 11, 2016

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is exploring technology that can help vehicle-based law enforcement officers securely and quickly access multiple software applications and databases. A faster authentication process could provide immediate access in dangerous circumstances—and while a vehicle is in motion.