The National Institute of Standards and Technology, a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.
The NIST has uploaded two of its publications to the Knowledge Network, the first being Guidelines on Cell Phone and PDA Security. While these mobile devices provide productivity benefits, the NIST argues that they also pose new risks to an organization.
NIST's concerns include:
This document provides an overview of cell phone and PDA devices in use today and offers insights into making informed information technology security decisions on their treatment. The document gives details about the threats and technology risks associated with the use of these devices and the available safeguards to mitigate them. Organizations can use this information to enhance security and reduce incidents involving cell phone and PDA devices.
The second document uploaded to the Knowledge Network by the NIST is a Contingency Planning Guide for IT Systems. This in-depth guide provides instructions, recommendations, and considerations for government IT contingency planning. Contingency planning refers to disaster recovery, or interim measures to recover IT services following an emergency or system disruption. Interim measures may include the relocation of IT systems and operations to an alternate site, the recovery of IT functions using alternate equipment, or the performance of IT functions using manual methods.