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NIST to Provide Grants for Identity Ecosystem

09/26/2012 by: The SunView Team

Great news if you are concerned about cyber security. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it will be awarding $9 million in grants to support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

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In order to increase confidence in online transactions, prevent identity theft, and provide individuals with more control over how they share their personal information, NIST will pilot identity solutions of five U.S. organizations. The grantees of the pilot awards are:
  • The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) (Va.): $1,621,803
  • Criterion Systems (Va.): $1,977,732
  • Daon, Inc. (Va.): $1,821,520
  • Resilient Network Systems, Inc. (Calif.): $1,999,371
  • University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID) (Mich.): $1,840,26
NSTIC is a White House initiative to work collaboratively with 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.

"Increasing confidence in online transactions fosters innovation and economic growth," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. "These investments in the development of identity solutions will help protect our citizens from identity theft and other types of fraud, while helping our businesses, especially small businesses, reduce their costs."

The "Identity Ecosystem" uses technologies, policies and consensus-based standards to support greater trust and security when individuals, businesses and other organizations conduct sensitive transactions online. Health care, online media, retail, banking, higher education, and state and local government are the some of the industries in which the pilots will be focused.
"These five pilots take the vision and principles embodied in the NSTIC and translate them directly into solutions that will be deployed into the marketplace," said Jeremy Grant, senior executive advisor for identity management and head of the NSTIC National Program Office, which is led by NIST. "By clearly aligning with core NSTIC guiding principles and directly addressing known barriers to the adoption of the Identity Ecosystem, the pilot projects will both promote innovation in online identity management and inform the important work of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group."

Find out more about the standards and policies that will accelerate the development and adoption of the Identity Ecosystem by visiting the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) website. You can also read the NIST press release.

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