NPSTC Encourages Public Safety to Adopt the Trustmark Framework

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Author: Joint SAFECOM and NCSWIC Technology Policy Committee

On July 17, 2017, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) adopted a position paper encouraging public safety to leverage the Trustmark Framework and implement identity, credential, and access management (ICAM) solutions in agreement with SAFECOM and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC).

Adopting a nationwide federated ICAM solution is an important step for information sharing across the public safety community and will fundamentally improve the ability to save lives and protect property. The Trustmark Framework is a way to achieve interoperability between various identity federations without requiring explicit, written bilateral agreements. Currently in use by several law enforcement organizations, the Trustmark Framework establishes a mechanism for codifying and reusing components of different ICAM solutions in an attempt to achieve greater adaptability, interoperability, and cost savings. The Trustmark Framework provides a template for creating nationwide interoperability and incorporating both existing and future ICAM solutions. Click here to read the NPSTC position paper and visit the SAFECOM website for additional ICAM resources.