National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is looking for organizations to contribute products and expertise they’ve developed for implementing cybersecurity standards into 5G technology as part of a best practices publications that will assist organizations drafting requests for information or proposals.

“The expected outcome will demonstrate how the components of the 5G architecture can provide security capabilities to mitigate identified risks and meet industry sectors’ compliance requirements,” said a NIST notice in the Federal Register. “Participating organizations will gain from the knowledge that their products are interoperable with other participants’ offerings.

“The proposed proof-of-concept solution will integrate commercial and open source products that leverage cybersecurity standards and recommended practices to demonstrate the use case scenarios and showcase 5G’s robust security features,” NIST said. “This project will result in a publicly available NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide as a Special Publication 1800 series, a detailed implementation guide describing the practical steps needed to implement a cybersecurity reference implementation.”

NIST will accept letters of interest on a first-come, first-serve basis. After 30 days, assuming the agency collects enough of these, the collaboration will begin. The result will be a demonstration of all the security features of the various network components working together leading to a new publication in NIST’s 1800 series.

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