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NSTIC Focus Areas

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC, or the Strategy) puts forth a basic premise: that all of us – and our families, our friends, our neighbors – ought to, within a few years, be able to use a secure, privacy-enhancing, easy-to-use credential – or several of them if we so choose –instead of passwords to identify ourselves online.

The NSTIC calls for a deeply principled and vibrant Identity Ecosystem as the foundation for more privacy, security, and convenience online.

The NSTIC NPO is focused on where the government can have the biggest impact in moving the Strategy forward:

  • Enhancing Online Privacy
    • Incubating privacy best practices among diverse stakeholder audiences and upholding the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs) to return the control of how personal information is used to the individual.
  • Government Adoption
    • Helping agencies align with NSTIC and partnering with the USPS and GSA to create a Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX) to provide government agencies with a cloud identity hub that will save agencies time and money and offer citizens a wider range of transactions online.
  • Catalyzing the Marketplace
    • Funding pilot projects deploying NSTIC-aligned identity solutions, addressing privacy, interoperability, liability and usability issues online, and promoting the viability of business models supporting identity federation.
  • Participating in the IDESG
    • Facilitating the work of the private sector-led IDESG to create a framework of standards and policies underpinning the Identity Ecosystem.

"The simple fact is, we cannot know what companies have not been launched, what products or services have not been developed, or what innovations are held back by the inadequacy of tools, like secure passwords, long ago overwhelmed by the fantastic and unpredictable growth of the Internet. What we do know is this: by making online transactions more trustworthy and enhancing consumers' privacy, we will prevent costly crime; we will give businesses and consumers new confidence; and we will foster growth and innovation, online and across our economy - in some ways we can predict, and in others ways we can scarcely imagine. Ultimately, that is the goal of this strategy."

President Barack Obama