Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Website Outlines Administration's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

Following a forum on the Obama Administration’s efforts to enhance online security and privacy with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard A. Schmidt, and Silicon Valley business and academic leaders at Stanford University on Friday, Jan. 7, a new website is now available with further information on the administration’s forthcoming National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

NSTIC aims to help establish voluntary identity solutions and privacy-enhancing technologies that will improve the security and convenience of sensitive online transactions through the process of authenticating individuals, organizations, and underlying infrastructure - such as routers and servers. The Strategy was developed with substantial input from the private sector and the public. It calls for the effort to be led by the private sector, in partnership with the federal government, consumer advocacy organizations, privacy experts, and others.

Hosted at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and co-sponsored by TechAmerica, TechNet, the Churchill Club, and the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST), Friday’s event also featured a panel discussion with industry and privacy experts on the current and future real world applications of trusted identities. Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology moderated the panel.

Learn more about NSTIC and see a webcast of the event at: http://www.nist.gov/nstic.

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