WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Information Technology Laboratory, a sub-agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce'sNational Institute of Standards and Technology, issued the following news release:
The U.S. Department of Commerce'sNational Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced more than $7 million in grants to support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (http://www.nist.gov/nstic/) (NSTIC). The funding will enable five U.S. organizations to develop pilot identity protection and verification systems that offer consumers more privacy, security and convenience online. These new pilots build on the successful launch of five NSTIC pilots awarded in 2012 (http://www.nist.gov/nstic/pilot-projects2012.html).
Launched (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/04/15/administration-releases-strategy-protect-online-consumers-and-support-in) by the Obama administration in 2011 and housed at NIST, NSTIC is an initiative that aims to support collaboration between 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.
"The Obama administration is committed to supporting public-private partnerships that both enhance consumer privacy and ensure the Internet remains a driver of innovation and economic growth," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. "The grants announced today will support privacy-enhancing technologies that help make Internet transactions more secure, including better protection from fraud and identity theft, and are an important step toward giving American companies and consumers greater confidence in doing business online."
"These new NSTIC pilots span multiple sectors, benefitting children, parents and veterans, as well as online shoppers and social media users of all ages," said NIST's Jeremy Grant, senior executive advisor for identity management. "Collectively, these five pilots will drive innovation in online identity management, helping to foster a marketplace of more secure, convenient, privacy-enhancing identity solutions available to all Americans online." Grant is head of the NSTIC National Program Office at NIST.
The grantees announced today include the following:
Exponent (Calif.): $1,589,400
The Exponent (http://www.exponent.com/) pilot will issue secure, easy-to-use and privacy-enhancing credentials to users to help secure applications and networks at a leading social media company, a health care organization and the U.S. Department of Defense. Exponent and partners Gemalto and HID Global will deploy two types of identity verification: the use of mobile devices that leverage so-called "derived credentials" stored in the device's SIM card and secure wearable devices, such as rings and bracelets. Solutions will be built upon standards, ensuring an interoperable system that can be easily adopted by a wide variety of organizations and companies.