whitehouse-meeting-lgThe Board of the Open Identity Exchange met with Vivek Kundra, US CIO, Howard A. Schmidt is the Cyber-Security Coordinator of the Obama Administration, the White House NSTIC National Security Staff and Jeremy Grant NIST Senior Executive Advisor. Mr. Grant has been selected to manage the establishment of a National Program Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). The robust exchange between public and private sector identity leaders reviewed key elements of the public private partnership featured in the NSTIC implementation plan. The group also reviewed progress to date of the US GSA FICAM program.

NSTIC is a new initiative created as a result of the Obama Administration’s Cyberspace Policy Review, which calls for building “a cybersecurity-based identity management vision and strategy that addresses privacy and civil-liberties interests, leveraging privacy-enhancing technologies for the nation” as of one of ten near-term action items. NSTIC will be focused on establishing identity solutions and privacy-enhancing technologies to improve the security and convenience of sensitive online transactions through the process of authenticating individuals, organizations, and underlying infrastructure.

The National Program Office, to be established within the Department of Commerce, will be responsible for bringing the public and private sectors together to meet this challenge. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Building consensus on legal, technical and policy frameworks necessary to achieve the NSTIC vision, including ways to enhance privacy, free expression and open markets;
  • Working with industry to identify where new standards or collaborative efforts may be needed to enable Americans to use – and businesses and other entities to accept – stronger, more secure online authentication technologies;
  • Coordinating collaboration across government stakeholders, including agencies such as the General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security, as well as state and local governments; and
  • Guiding NSTIC pilot projects and other NSTIC-related implementations.

More information regarding NSTIC can be found at: http://www.nist.gov/nstic/