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1 SAA NIST Cyber Security Activities Ed Roback, Chief Computer Security Division March 5, 2003

2 SAA Agenda 1.Overview – Security Mandate and Activities 2.E-Government Act and Security (FISMA) 3.Cyber R&D Act 4.Questions

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4 SAA NIST Security Mandates Develop standards and guidelines for the Federal government Improve the overall security of IT products and services Make the national infrastructures more secure

5 SAA Specific Focus Areas of NIST’s Security Program 1.Cryptography 2.Research 3.Management Guidance and Assistance 4.Security Testing and Evaluation 5.Outreach

6 SAA Cryptographic Standards and Applications Projects Cryptographic Standards & Guidelines Cryptographic Standards Toolkit Key Management Guidance Public Key Infrastructure & Applications Industry and Federal Security Standards PKI and Client Security Assurance Promoting PKI Deployment Securing PKI Applications Goals Establish secure cryptographic standards for storage and communications & enable cryptographic security services in applications through the development of: PKI, key management protocols and secure application standards Technical Areas Secure encryption, authentication, non-repudiation, key establishment, & random number generation algorithms. PKI standards for protocols, standards and formats PKI interoperability, assurance & scalability Impacts Strong cryptography used in COTS IT products Standardized PKI & cryptography improves interoperability Availability of secure applications through crypto & PKI Collaborators Industry: ANSI X9, IETF PKIX, Baltimore Technologies, CertCo, Certicom, Cylink, Digital Signature Trust, RSA Labs, Entrust Technologies, E-Lock Technologies, Getronics, IBM, ID Certify, Mastercard, Microsoft, Motorola, Netscape, Spyrus, Network Associates, VeriSign, Verizon, Visa, World Talk, public commenters Federal: Department of Treasury, Agencies participating in Federal PKI Steering Committee and Bridge CA Project, FDIC, NSA 1/03

7 SAA Major Projects Access Control & Authorization Management ICAT Vulnerability/Patch Search Tool National Smart Card Infrastructure Wireless/Device Security Mobile Agents IPSec/web interface testing Quantum Computing Support CIP Grants Benchmarks Technical Guidance Goals Identify & exploit emerging technologies especially infrastructure niches Develop prototypes, reference implementations, and demonstrations Transition new technology and tools to public & private sectors Develop the tests, tools, profiles, methods, and implementations for timely, cost effective evaluation and testing Technical Areas Authorization Management, Access Control, System Management Vulnerability Analysis, Intrusion Detection, Attack Signatures Mobile Code, Agents, Aglets, Java, Active Networks Models, Cost-models, Prototyping, Reference Implementations Automated Testing, Security Specification Impacts Better cheaper and more intuitive methods of authorization management Creating internal competence in emerging technologies (i.e. mobile code, etc.) World class vulnerability search engine Increased security and interoperability of IPsec protocols via IPsec/Web tester Security Research / Emerging Technology Collaborators Industry:IBM, Microsoft, SUN, Boeing, Intel, GTE, VDG, SCC, Sybase, SAIC, SUN, Lincoln Labs, Lucent, ISS, Symantec, 3Com, Interlink, Ford, CISCO, Lucent, Checkpoint, MCI, Oracle, MITRE, Open Group, Intel, SANS Institute Academic: U Maryland, Ohio State, U Tulsa, George Mason, Rutgers U, Purdue, George Washington, U of W. Fla, UCSD, UMBC Federal:NSA, DoD, NRL, DARPA, DoJ

8 SAA Proposed Collaborators Industry: Sybase, Microsoft, SUN, VDG, GT Systems, Blockade Systems, IBM Watson Labs Federal:NIST, NSA, IRS, VA, NRL, DISA Academic:University of Maryland, George Mason University, University of Tulsa Goals Reduce insider crime through greater policy coverage Reduce the cost of authorization management Increase user productivity via finer grained access control and reducing the time between administrative events Universal access control policy spec & mechanism Technical Areas Formal Access Control Model Development Reference implementations and demonstrations Cost model development Tool development Standards Development Impacts 18 refereed papers in technical journals and conferences. Best paper awards at two conferences, Invited to Publish book on RBAC, and cited as 3 rd and 12 th most referenced access control papers out of top 200 World leader in Access Control technologies Cited by IBM (closest prior art) & MS patent (13 NIST papers out of 14 references). Have 3 NIST US patents. NIST Cost/Industry benefit more than 1:100, saved $295M and one year of industry development time Milestones FY 2002 Publish Draft RBAC standard reference model Develop Universal Policy Machine (Policy Engine & Policy Specification Lang. Complete RBAC Economic Impact Study Complete Write-up of all chapters of the RBAC Book FY 2003 Publish RBAC standard Develop UPM and Publish. Develop UPM reference Implementation Publish RBAC Book Access Control and Authorization Management Technical Lead: David Ferraiolo UsRs OPsOs privileges Access Control and Authorization Management 2/03

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10 SAA Government Smart Card Program Goal Create a ubiquitous Smart Card Infrastructure to foster widespread use of smart card technology, improving the security of information systems within the U.S. Technical Areas International collaboration, alignment and standardization of GSC with eEurope, Japan, and other major players In conjunction with the Government and vendor communities, develop interoperability specifications and standards Develop reference implementations, prototype conformance test suites, security testing criteria, and architectural models Impacts Increased overall security of U.S. critical infrastructure Reduced cost of smart card system integration Simplification of user access control processes Enable development of consistent conformance test methodologies for smart card products and systems Milestones FY 2002 Published GSC Interoperability Specification v2.0 Initiated formal standardization (ANSI/ISO) Chaired GSC Technical Working Group Developed Phase II GSC Interoperability Conformance Test Program (SDCT and CSD) Adoption by Smart Card Alliance FY 2003 Publication of GSC-ISv2.1 (contactless/biometrics) International standardization/collaboration GSC Protection Profile Special Publication Identify and execute relevant R&D projects to promote smart card interoperability and standards Collaborators Industry: RSA Labs, Smart Card Alliance, EuroSmart, eEurope, METI (Japan), Australia, ANSI, ISO Federal:NIST, GSA, DoD, State Dept, USPS, SSA, VA, IRS, DoJ, DoT, DoI, GAO, OMB, HHS, DHS, OSTP Will become as important as Europay/Mastercard/Visa (EMV) specification is to the Payment market and Global System Mobile (GSM) specification is to the mobile telephony market. First comprehensive effort to address the interoperability requirements of the enterprise market. Smart Card Alliance Government Smart Card Program Technical Lead: Jim Dray Standards Lead: Teresa Schwarzhoff 2/03

11 SAA Mobile Device Security Technical Leads: Wayne Jansen, Tom Karygiannis Goals Organizations are using PDAs, mobile phones, and other handheld devices to access information and perform transactions over the Internet. This effort focuses on the development of new security mechanisms for wireless mobile devices used in electronic commerce and enterprise computing. Technical Areas Policy expression & enforcement for handheld devices XML representation of privilege management certificates Multiple authentication mechanisms Access control to Bluetooth, IrDA, and other interfaces Impact Enable mobile commerce and wireless enterprise computing through the use of new security mechanisms Increase security of handheld devices Collaborators Industry: Manufacturers of handheld systems and authentication mechanisms Federal:NSA, R22 & R23 Academic:ESIAL FY 2002 Developed a proof-of-concept implementation for PalmOS Expanded the proof-of concept implementation into a full prototype, adding additional security mechanisms and refining the overall method for Linux PDA platforms Implemented multiple authentication mechanisms (smart card, visual password, voice verification, etc) for Linux PDAs FY 2003 Expand security policy specification language Improve policy management tools Incorporate CAC smart cards, in addition to current Javacards Revise the design of the multiple authentication mechanism controller and integrate with policy enforcement Improve the accuracy and performance of voice verification Security Challenge: Assigning & Enforcing Enterprise Security Policy on Handheld Devices 2/03

12 SAA Security Management and Assistance Goals Provide computer security guidance to ensure sensitive government information technology systems and networks are sufficiently secure to meet the needs of government agencies and the general public Serve as focal point for Division outreach activities Facilitate exchange of security information among Federal government agencies Technical Areas Computer security policy/management guidance Computer Security Expert Assist Team (CSEAT) security support to Federal agencies Outreach to government, industry, academia, citizens Impacts Agencies use standard, interoperable solutions Increased federal agency computer security programs Reduced costs to agencies from reduction of duplication of efforts Use of “Shared Security Practices” among federal agencies Collaborators Federal:All Federal Agencies Federal Computer Security Program Managers’ Forum OMB GSA NSA Industry:Security Product Vendors Academia:Major Universities with Computer Security curricula Major Projects Computer security expert assist team (CSEAT) Federal computer security program managers forum Computer system security and privacy advisory board (CSSPAB) Computer security resource center (CSRC) Federal IT Security Self-Assessment Tool (ASSET) Selecting IT Security Products and Services; A User’s Guide Federal Practices Web site (FASP) Procurement Guideline EBISS Guidelines/Support

13 SAA Recently Completed NIST Security Guidelines , Engineering Principles for IT Security , Mobile Code and Active Content , A Comparison of the Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules in FIPS and FIPS , Risk Management Guide for Information Technology Systems , Intrusion Detection Systems , Intro to Public Key Technology and Federal PKI Infrastructure , Underlying Technical Models for Information Technology Security , Contingency Planning Guide for Information Technology System A, Recommendation for Block Cipher Modes of Operation - Methods and Techniques , Guidelines on Firewalls and Firewall Policy , Guidelines on Securing Public Web Servers , Guidelines on Electronic Mail Security , Security for Telecommuting and Broadband Communications , Security Guide for Interconnecting Information Technology Systems , Use of the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Vulnerability Naming Scheme Available at

14 SAA NIST Security Guidelines in Draft (Available now) , Guidelines for the Security Certification and Accreditation (C&A) of Federal Information Technology Systems , Security Metrics Guide for Information Technology Systems B, Recommendation for Block Cipher Modes of Operation: the RMAC Authentication Mode , Guide to Selecting IT Security Products , Guide to IT Security Services 800-4A, Security Considerations in Federal Information Technology Procurements , Wireless Network Security: , Bluetooth, and Handheld Devices , Building an Information Technology Security Awareness and Training Program , System Administration Guidance for Windows 2000 Professional Draft , Guideline on Network Security Testing Available at

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16 SAA Cryptographic Module Validation Program Collaborators Federal: National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program Industry: American National Standards Institute (ANSI) InfoGard Laboratories Inc. CygnaCom Solutions DOMUS IT Security Laboratory, a Division of LGS COACT, Inc. CAFÉ Lab Atlan Laboratories EWA-Canada LTD, IT Security Evaluation Facility CORSEC Security Inc. Global: Communications Security Establishment (CSE) of the Government of Canada Goals Improve the security and quality of cryptographic products Provide U.S. and Canadian Federal agencies with a security metric to use in procuring cryptographic equipment Promote the use of tested and validated cryptographic algorithms, modules, and products Technical Areas Development of Implementation Guidelines, metrics and test methods Validation of test results Accreditation of testing laboratories Joint work between NIST, ANSI and international standards bodies Impacts Provide Federal agencies with confidence that a validated cryptographic product meets a claimed level of security Supply a documented methodology for conformance testing Create business opportunities for vendors of cryptographic products, testing laboratories, and security consultants FY 2002  Implemented Cost Recovery Plan June 2002  Completed FIPS Derived Test Requirements and automated test tool  Validated 120+ crypto modules and 150+ crypto algorithm implementations  Accredited second non-U.S. laboratory (EWA Canada), first non-North American laboratory accreditation scheduled July 2002  Designed and developed Cryptographic Algorithm Validation System Developed AES test suite and enhanced DES/TDES validation tests  Conducted second CMVP workshop  UK announces recognition of FIPS FY 2003  Continue FIPS validations  Accredit 2-3 additional CMT Laboratories, including international  Expand the agreement with CSE to include additional countries  FIPS as an ISO standard  Plan third Cryptographic Module Validation Program Workshop/Conference  Develop Validation Test Suites for new algorithms/protocols  Interpretations of new technology areas for existing standards (e.g. JAVA) 6/02

17 SAA National Information Assurance Partnership Building More Secure Systems for the New Millennium (sm) Goals  Promote the development and use of evaluated and validated IT products  Champion the development and use of national/international IT security standards  Develop state-of the-art test methods, tools, techniques and assurance metrics  Support a framework for international recognition of testing results  Foster development of IT security requirements in key technology areas Technical Areas  Development of implementation Guidelines, requirements, metrics and test methods  Validation of test results and accreditation of testing laboratories  Joint work among NIST, NSA and international partners Impacts  More timely, cost-effective IT security evaluations with greater consistency  Less duplication of security testing globally  New test methods for specific information technologies  Increased security in IT systems and networks through greater availability of evaluated and validated products  Greater availability of common security requirements and specifications for key technologies and sectors Collaborators Federal: State Dept., DoC, DoD, GSA, NIST, NSA, DoE, OMB Industry: Oracle, CISCO, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent, SAIC, Microsoft, Computer Sciences Corp., Cygnacom, Arca, IBM, EDS, VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Checkpoint, Computer Assoc., RSA, Sun Microsystems, Network Assoc., Booz-Allen, Seculab, Entrust, Silicon Graphics, COACT Global: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Canada, The Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Israel, Russia, ECMA, JCB, Europay, Mondex, Austria, India Forums: Healthcare, Information Assurance, Process Control, Smart Card FY 2002  Accredited 2 Common Criteria (CC) Testing Laboratories  Expanded CC Recognition Arrangement to 15 nations adding Sweden  Conducted Federal Information Assurance Conference with industry partner  Organized Second National Summit on Security Requirements for Critical Information Systems (Scheduled October 2002)  Briefed at two workshops in Moscow, Russia for Minatom, Russia & DoE, USA  Common Criteria Seminar in Japan  Authored Protection Profile Development Process in coordination with NSA  Supported the third International Common Criteria Conference in Ottawa  Validated 11 security products and 11 protection profiles (projected) FY 2003  Accredit 1-2 additional CC Testing Laboratories  Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme  Develop technology-based lab accreditation program with smart card prototype  Continue cooperative protection profile development effort with government/industry  Enhance outreach program and activities 6/02

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19 SAA Federal Information Security Management Act

20 SAA NIST Role Establishes an Information Technology Framework Based on NIST Standards Continuing Key Areas: Developing security standards, guidelines, and associated methods and techniques for information services Conduct security research – understand vulnerabilities and develop new security techniques Federal Information Security Management Act

21 SAA New Key Areas: Developing information categorization based on levels of sensitivity “standards to be used by all agencies to categorize all information and information systems collected or maintained by or on behalf of each agency based on the objectives of providing appropriate levels of information security according to a range of risk levels” 12 month time-line Federal Information Security Management Act

22 SAA Developing guidelines for information classification for each category “guidelines recommending the types of information and information systems to be included in each such category” 18 month time-line New Key Areas: Federal Information Security Management Act

23 SAA Developing minimum security requirements by category New Key Areas: “minimum information security requirements for information and information systems in each such category” 36 month time-line Federal Information Security Management Act

24 SAA Developing performance indicators/ metrics New Key Areas: “develop and periodically revise performance indicators and measures for agency information security policies and practices” Status: See draft ; Security Metrics Guide for Information Technology Systems Federal Information Security Management Act

25 SAA Cyber Security Research and Development Act Signed into Law by President Bush on

26 SAA Cyber Security Research and Development Act National Science Foundation –grants for basic research –support for higher education (many variants) NIST –research grants –cyber security checklists –in-house research: Composability; SCADA; long-term/high-risk –Advisory Board and NRC study Cyber Security Research and Development Act

27 SAA Research Support to institutions of higher education that enter into partnerships with for-profit entities to support research to improve the security of computer systems Grants or Cooperative Agreements Cyber Security Research and Development Act

28 SAA Fellowships Post-Doctoral Research - engaged in research activities related to the security of computer systems Senior Research –individuals seeking research positions at institutions, including NIST –for established researchers at institutions of higher education who seek to change research fields and pursue studies related to the security of computer systems Cyber Security Research and Development Act

29 SAA Cyber Security Checklists Definition – a checklist setting forth settings and option selections that minimize the security risks associated with each computer hardware or software system that is, or is likely to become, widely used within the Federal government. NIST would set priorities for development Cyber Security Research and Development Act

30 SAA Agency Use of Checklists (1) The Act does NOT: –require agencies to select the specific settings or options recommended by the checklist for the system; –establish conditions or prerequisites for Federal agency procurement or deployment of any such system; –represent an endorsement of any such system by NIST ; nor –preclude agencies from procuring or deploying other computer hardware or software systems for which no such checklist has been developed. Cyber Security Research and Development Act

31 SAA Agency Use of Checklists (2) If an agency uses a system for which a checklist is issued, the agency: –shall include in their program plan an explanation of how the agency has considered such checklist in deploying that system; (except for national security systems) and –may treat the explanation as if it were a portion of the agency's annual performance plan properly classified under criteria established by an Executive Order (within the meaning of section 1115(d) of title 31, United States Code). Cyber Security Research and Development Act

32 SAA Summary & Conclusions Raising awareness of the need for cost-effective security Engaging in key U.S. voluntary standards activities Developing standards and guidelines to secure Federal systems (often adopted voluntarily by private sector) Cryptographic algorithms Policy, management, operations, and best practices guidance PKI Providing National leadership role for security testing and evaluation Cryptographic Module Validation Program National Information Assurance Partnership NIST is improving security by:

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