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CHIPS Articles: NIST Publishes Guide to LTE Security

NIST Publishes Guide to LTE Security
By CHIPS Magazine - December 21, 2017
Cellular technology plays an increasingly huge role in American lives because it has become the primary entry point to the internet for a large segment of the population. One of the main drivers making this change possible is the deployment of 4th generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular technologies, said the National Institute of Technology and Standards in a release.

Safeguarding LTE from cybersecurity threats is enormously important to guarantee that users’ transactions with banking and financial institutions, government agencies, health and educational services, retail sites, and many others remain secure and trustworthy. The Guide to LTE Security, SP 800-187, serves as a guide to the fundamentals of how LTE networks operate and explores the LTE security architecture. This is followed by an analysis of the threats posed to LTE networks and supporting mitigations.

Jeffrey Cichonski (NIST), Joshua Franklin (NIST), Michael Bartock (NIST)

SP 800-187 (DOI)

Document History:
Draft NISTIR 8071 (4/12/16)
Draft SP 800-187 (11/21/16)
SP 800-187 (12/21/17)

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