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Co-authored by: Dave McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, GSA; Jeremy Grant, Senior Executive Advisor, Identity Management, NIST; and Randy Miskanic, Vice President Secure Digital Solutions, USPS
As part of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), President Obama directed Federal agencies to be early adopters of the Identity Ecosystem – which NSTIC defines as “an online environment where individuals and organizations are able to trust each other because they follow agreed upon standards to obtain and authenticate their digital identities.”
In just 18 months, the IDESG has come a long way from its chaotic first meeting in Chicago. The phrase of the week for over 200 total in-person and virtual attendees this month at the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) plenary in Atlanta: keep your foot on the gas. With this in mind, attendees set their sights on a challenge laid down by and a senior White House cyber security official in the opening keynote: develop a trustmark scheme by the end of 2014, backed by a handful of high profile early adopters.
On Data Privacy Day, the NSTIC National Program Office is taking some time to reflect on our own efforts to improve privacy online. Fulfilling the promise of enhanced privacy is a critical element of building trusted interaction online. The first of the Strategy’s guiding principles, finding new solutions that are privacy-enhancing and voluntary has been a key driver of pilot project selection and the NPO’s work to drive innovative approaches to online identity. One of the primary methods for improving privacy we have been encouraging is the use of privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) – a topic I will be discussing at the upcoming RSA Conference, in a P2P session – Privacy-enhancing Technologies: Pipe Dream or Unfulfilled Promise?
The NSTIC National Program Office is pleased to announce the kickoff of a third round of NSTIC pilot projects – providing another opportunity for stakeholders to support the President’s strategy to improve the privacy, security, and convenience of online transactions through innovation in the emerging Identity Ecosystem. The new Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement has been posted; for details, click here.