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NIST Awards Grants to Improve Online Security and Privacy
For Immediate Release: September 17, 2013
The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced more than $7 million in grants to support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). The funding will enable five U.S. organizations to develop pilot identity protection and verification systems that offer consumers more privacy, security and convenience online. These new pilots build on the successful launch of five NSTIC pilots awarded in 2012.
Launched by the Obama administration in 2011 and housed at NIST, NSTIC is an initiative that aims to support collaboration between the private sector, advocacy groups and public-sector agencies. The selected pilot proposals advance the NSTIC vision that individuals and organizations adopt secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity credentials to access online services in a way that promotes confidence, privacy, choice and innovation.
"The Obama administration is committed to supporting public-private partnerships that both enhance consumer privacy and ensure the Internet remains a driver of innovation and economic growth," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. "The grants announced today will support privacy-enhancing technologies that help make Internet transactions more secure, including better protection from fraud and identity theft, and are an important step toward giving American companies and consumers greater confidence in doing business online."
"These new NSTIC pilots span multiple sectors, benefitting children, parents and veterans, as well as online shoppers and social media users of all ages," said NIST's Jeremy Grant, senior executive advisor for identity management. "Collectively, these five pilots will drive innovation in online identity management, helping to foster a marketplace of more secure, convenient, privacy-enhancing identity solutions available to all Americans online." Grant is head of the NSTIC National Program Office at NIST.
The grantees announced today include the following:
Exponent (Calif.): $1,589,400
Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC) (Ga.): $1,720,723
Supporting consistent, machine-readable ways to express policy can enhance and simplify the user experience, raise the level of trust in online transactions and improve interoperability between service providers and trust frameworks. Building on experience developing the National Identity Exchange Federation(NIEF), GTRC plans to partner with the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and one or more current NIEF member agencies, such as Los Angeles County and the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS).
Privacy Vaults Online, Inc. (PRIVO) (Va.): $1,611,349
ID.me, Inc. (Va.): $1,204,957
Transglobal Secure Collaboration Participation, Inc. (TSCP) (Va.): $1,264,074
The NSTIC National Program Office will invite pilot project awardees to give presentations on their initiatives at the planned January 2014 plenary meeting of the independently led Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), which will be held in Atlanta. The next IDESG plenary meeting will be held Oct. 16-18, 2013, at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md. For further information about these meetings and NSTIC, visit www.nist.gov/nstic.
As a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST 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. To learn more about NIST, visit www.nist.gov.