Kantara Initiative First to Market with NIST SP 800-63-3 Third Party Assessment, Approval and Trust Mark

Kantara Adds NIST SP 800-63-3 Conformance to its Industry Leading Trust Framework
WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – May 8, 2018 – Kantara Initiative announced today that, through its Identity Assurance Program, it is the first organization in the US to offer third-party grant of Trust Mark to service providers who are compliant with the Identity Assurance Level 2 and Authenticator Assurance Level 2 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-63 revision 3 of the Digital Identity Guidelines.  Kantara is the leading global consortium improving trustworthy use of identity and personal data through innovation, standardization and good practice.
NIST SP 800-63-3 is the set of digital identity guidelines to which US Federal agencies implementing identity verification and authentication must comply. It also serves as a widely-recognized benchmark for any organization or business wishing to implement identity verification and authentication services. Kantara is a US Federal Government Identity and Access Management (FICAM) program approved Trust Framework Solution Provider.  Kantara’s programs verify an organization’s adoption of varying sets of business and technical policies and profiles including NIST SP 800-63-3.  Adopters of Kantara’s Trust Framework program include Experian, ID.me and Verizon. The program is also referenced by the Canadian, New Zealand, and Swedish Governments.
“NIST SP 800-63-3 is focused on modernizing the policy in keeping with rising threat levels for identity verification and authentication whilst also improving privacy and the overall digital user experience,” said Colin Wallis, Executive Director, Kantara Initiative.  “Kantara has developed assessment criteria to drive consistency in third party assessments against the requirements laid out in the NIST guidelines and added them into our Trust Framework. This makes us the first organization to third-party assess, approve and grant trust marks to qualifying identity and credential service providers. We believe that this provides an important service to federal agencies and other relying parties whilst also providing a significant market differentiator in the industry for companies that have adopted Kantara’s Trust Framework.”
About Kantara Initiative Trust Framework
Kantara Initiative’s Trust Framework Operations and Identity Assurance program is the industry leading program that accredits Assessors and approves Credential Service Providers (CSPs).  The program offers three Classes of Approval that enable CSPs to seek approval of their Identity and Credential Management Services as meeting NIST 800-63 rev.3 requirements, NIST 800-63 rev.3 (Technical) requirements or Classic requirements. Kantara’s program grows markets by improving the manageability, quality and repeatability of key components of the identity infrastructure.  The Kantara Trust Framework was developed with input from members of the global financial services, government, healthcare, IT and telecom sectors. Kantara is the premier Trust Framework Provider aligned with the US National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) program as well as similar initiatives outside the US.
About Kantara Initiative
Kantara Initiative is an ethics based, mission-led non-profit organization passionate about giving control of data back to individuals. It provides real-world innovation and development of specifications and conformity assessment programs for the digital identity and personal data ecosystems. Beyond its flagship Identity Assurance Trust Framework, developing initiatives including Identity Relationship Management, User Managed Access (EIC Award Winner for Innovation in Information Security 2014), Identities of Things, and the Consent Receipt, Kantara Initiative connects a global, open, and transparent leadership community, including CA Technologies, Digi.me, Experian, ForgeRock, Internet Society, Nomura Research Institute, and SecureKey Technologies. More information is available at https://kantarainitiative.org/
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