Fort Lee, NJ and Piscataway, NJ (JULY 2, 2013) — Two of the world’s leading identity trust organizations have pledged to adopt the four principles of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), the White House initiative to improve the privacy, security, and convenience of sensitive online transactions. The organizations are the Kantara Initiative, which helps organizations, globally, establish verified trust in use of digital identities for business and government services, and SAFE-BioPharma, which provides a global digital identity and digital signature standard for the life sciences.
The goals of NSTIC are to protect individuals, businesses, and public agencies from the high costs of cyber-crimes while simultaneously ensuring Internet support of innovation and its role as a marketplace of products and ideas. Toward that end, NSTIC calls for development of an Identity Ecosystem – interoperable technology standards and policies – in which individuals, organizations, and underlying infrastructure such as routers and servers can be authoritatively authenticated.
The four NSTIC principles which Kantara Initiative and SAFE-BioPharma will promote within their own and related communities of interest are 1) Privacy Enhancing and Voluntary, 2) Secure and Resilient, 3) Interoperable, and 4) Cost-Effective and Easy-To-Use.
The two groups will meet regularly and take action to overcome obstacles in achieving their stated goals. They also will engage in proactive communications to facilitate discussion with related global, regional and local communities.