NSTIC issues $3.7 M to MorphoTrust, HealthIDx and Galois in identity pilot program funding round

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) announced that it has issued nearly $4 million in grants to privacy-enhancing technology firms in its fourth round of pilot program funding, according to a report by ZDNet. The move comes more than seven months after the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office announced it initiated its fourth round of pilot program funding in 2015 for innovative identity solutions. The grants — which are part of

NIST becomes government member of FIDO Alliance

National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) announced it recently joined the FIDO Alliance under its newly-created government membership class. Previously reported, the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance introduced a new class of membership for government agencies in which they can actively participate in the development of FIDO standards. FIDO-based credentials are designed to provide an anonymous key without any publicly available serial number or central authority. The FIDO 1.0 specifications – which are designed to provide an anonymous key

FIDO Alliance introduces new government membership

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance has introduced a new class of membership for government agencies in which they can actively participate in the development of FIDO standards. The new government membership program was designed to appease government agencies looking to engage more directly with the FIDO Alliance, as well as represent government’s particular interests in securing cyberspace with FIDO authentication. U.S. (United States NSTIC/NIST) and UK (United Kingdom Office of the Cabinet) governments are the first to join as

NSTIC director Jeremy Grant announces resignation

National Institute of Standards and Technology senior official Jeremy Grant who is best known for spearheading the White House’s initiative to “kill the password” and enhance digital identity management, has announced his resignation, according to a report by Fierce Government IT. “It’s with very mixed feelings that I’m announcing my plans to leave NIST,” wrote Grant in a recent email to members of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, the NIST-funded, public-private organization that strives to implement NSTIC in real world

Interview with Mark DiFraia, MorphoTrust Senior Director of Solutions Strategy

MorphoTrust is working hard to help eliminate the password, according to Mark DiFraia, the firm’s Senior Director of Solutions Strategy. “We recognize that the user walking around today knows that the username and password is not sufficient protection for resources or transactions,” said the MorphoTrust technology executive. Last year, the company was awarded a pilot grant by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create an electronic ID that would allow consumers to access online services with the

NSTIC begins latest round of pilot project funding for identity solutions

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office announced it has initiated its fourth round of pilot program funding in 2015 for innovative identity solutions. The NSTIC pilot program provides funding to private companies that develop identity solutions in replacement of individuals entering passwords for online authorization. These pilots will ultimately address the identity ecosystem’s challenges and seed the marketplace with “NSTIC-aligned” solutions to improve overall privacy, security, and convenience in online transactions. The agency is

Smart Card Alliance publishes white paper on smart cards and NSTIC

The Smart Card Alliance has developed a new white paper focused on smart card technology and strong credentials within the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). According to the Alliance, as a group, it is promoting the adoption of the NSTIC framework, saying that it strongly agrees with the use of federal, state and local government initiatives to accelerate the development of an identity ecosystem. At the same time, says the Alliance, existing procedures, standards and technology should be

Smart Card Alliance Identity Council appoints new members, announces focus for 2013

The Smart Card Alliance Identity Council has announced that in 2013 it will focus on providing guidance and leading practices for mobile identity credentialing and the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). “As government and enterprises look at new approaches to identity–such as with the secure online identities and mobile credentialing–the Identity Council plays the important role of providing guidance on how to choose the applicable technology to ensure identities are trusted, private and secure,” Randy Vanderhoof, executive