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NIST Authentication Guidelines – Draft Report

Author: Mark Dixon
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
5:53 pm

Ironically, a couple of weeks after the @OracleIDM #authchat Tweet Jam about trends in authentication was held, NIST released DRAFT Special Publication 800-63-2, Electronic Authentication Guideline, over 110 pages of scintillating reading on the subject:

This recommendation provides technical guidelines for Federal agencies implementing electronic authentication and is not intended to constrain the development or use of standards outside of this purpose. The recommendation covers remote authentication of users (such as employees, contractors, or private individuals) interacting with government IT systems over open networks. It defines technical requirements for each of four levels of assurance in the areas of identity proofing, registration, tokens, management processes, authentication protocols and related assertions. This publication will supersede NIST Special Publication 800-63-1.

No, I haven’t read the entire report, but I did skip forward to page 102 because the table of contents promised a discussion of “Password Entropy,” and I really like the word “entropy.”  But alas, the most profound thing I read was the obvious: “Empirical and anecdotal data suggest that many users choose very easily guessed passwords, where the system will allow them to do so.”


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Source Doc: NIST Computer Security Division Annual Report

Author: Mark Dixon
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
3:03 pm

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released its 2010 Computer Security Division Annual Report. Donna Dodson, Chief, Computer Security Division & Deputy Chief Cybersecurity Advisor offers the following in her welcome statement:

The Computer Security Division (CSD), a component of NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), conducts research, development and outreach necessary to provide standards and guidelines,  tools, metrics and practices to protect our nations information and  communication infrastructure.

In fiscal year (FY) 2010, CSD continued to build on its work in security management and assurance, cryptography and systems security, identity management and emerging security technologies.   CSD played a vital role in both national and international security  standard setting.  The division continues its leadership role in technologies and standards for Cloud Computing, Identity Management and as a Government Wide Leader and national coordinator  for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).  In addition, this year marked the publication of NIST Interagency Report  (NISTIR) 7628,  Guidelines for Smart Grid Security, which identifies  security requirements applicable to the Smart Grid, security-relevant use cases, logical interface diagrams and interface categories,  vulnerability classes abstracted from other relevant cyber security  documents, specific issues applicable to the Smart Grid, and privacy concerns. We also continued to provide reference specifications  in multiple areas, allowing others to leverage our work to increase  the security of their systems and products.

Looking forward to FY2011, CSD plans to continue its work in information security, producing standards, guidelines, technical reference materials and specifications to improve the information security management of systems across the Nation and around the  world.

By the way, this report has the coolest front cover of any government report in recent history.  The image shown above is but a small excerpt.  Not that this has anything to do with the contents of the report or anything …

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