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TFS will organize NSTIC identity group

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced that Trusted Federal Systems (TFS) will serve as the formal organizer of a developing identity ecosystem group within the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) effort.

NSTIC is a White House initiative to work collaboratively with the private sector, advocacy groups, public sector agencies and other organizations to improve the privacy, security and convenience of sensitive online transactions.

The NSTIC looks to develop interoperable technology standards and policies -- an "Identity Ecosystem" -- where individuals, organizations and underlying infrastructure, such as routers and servers, can be authoritatively authenticated.  NSTIC work will help bolster protections for individuals, businesses and public agencies from cyber crimes like identity theft and fraud, while simultaneously helping to ensure that the Internet continues to support innovation and a thriving marketplace of products and ideas.

NIST, which announced funding for the Trusted Identities effort last March, said TFS was awarded a two-year grant to facilitate collaboration among multiple stakeholders to help drive the creation of consensus standards and best practices that can advance national priorities. Under the two-year cooperative agreement, said NIST, TFS will support the new private sector-led Steering Group as it tackles the wide range of policy and technical challenges associated with crafting an Identity Ecosystem Framework.

It said NSTIC stakeholders should expect to begin hearing from the TFS team in “the weeks ahead, as they take the lead in formally convening the initial meeting of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group.”

NIST added that TFS will announce details for the first in-person meeting of the Steering Group, tentatively scheduled for the week of August 13 in metropolitan Chicago. 

Throughout the transition period, the NSTIC National Program Office will continue to be actively engaged in the preparation and launch of the Steering Group, including stakeholder outreach, said NIST.


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