Mobile Application Single Sign-On

Current Status

This project is moving into the build phase. We have selected several technology collaborators for this project. If you are interested in collaborating on this effort please see our Federal Register notice for more information. Companies that have been selected to participate have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA; see an example) with NIST.

Download the Mobile Application Single Sign-On project description (PDF) for more detailed information or the two-page fact sheet for a quick synopsis. Project leader William Fisher recently presented an overview of the project at the PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting. Click here to view the presentation

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On-demand access to public safety data is critical to ensuring that public safety and first responder (PSFR) personnel can deliver the proper care and support during an emergency. This requirement necessitates heavy reliance on mobile platforms while in the field, which may be used to access sensitive information such as personally identifiable information (PII), law enforcement sensitive (LES) information, or protected health information (PHI). However, complex authentication requirements can hinder the process of providing emergency services, and any delay—even seconds—can become a matter of life or death.

In collaboration with stakeholders, the NCCoE aims to help PSFR personnel efficiently and securely gain access to mission data via mobile devices and applications. This project seeks to demonstrate, using standards-based commercially available and open source products, a reference design for multifactor authentication (MFA) and mobile single sign on (SSO) for native and web applications, while improving interoperability between mobile platforms, applications, and identity providers irrespective of the application development platform used in their construction.

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Collaborating Vendors

Motorola Solutions logo
Nok Nok Labs logo
Ping Identity logo
StrongAuth logo
Yubico logo

The technology vendors who participated in this project submitted their capabilities in response to a call in the Federal Register. Companies with relevant products were invited to sign a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with NIST, allowing them to participate in a consortium to build this example solution.


Disclaimer: Certain commercial entities, equipment, products, or materials may be identified in order to describe an experimental procedure or concept adequately. Such identification is not intended to imply recommendation or endorsement by NIST or NCCoE, nor is it intended to imply that the entities, equipment, products, or materials are necessarily the best available for the purpose.