[KI-LC] NSTIC Update: Moving forward with pilots, the Steering Group and other events

Joni Brennan joni at ieee-isto.org
Thu Feb 2 13:10:00 EST 2012


Please see the below update regarding the progress of NSTIC, Steering
Committee Recommendation and Proposers Day for NSTIC Pilot Funding.

Should you have questions or comments please feel free to contact me or
your WG/DG chair.  Should you wish to share momentum or potential pilot
ideas which are aligned and/or may benefit from support of Kantara
activities please don't hesitate to contact me.


Subject: NSTIC Update: Moving forward with pilots, the Steering Group and
other events

From: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Date: Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 4:41 PM
Subject: NSTIC Update: Moving forward with pilots, the Steering Group and
other events…

Dear NSTIC Stakeholders,

After several months of planning, I am pleased to announce that the
National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is moving
forward on a number of fronts. The next two months will be marked by
several major events and initiatives designed to further the implementation
of NSTIC’s vision for an Identity Ecosystem!

*Pilot Programs:*

Today NIST released a new Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) for pilot
programs to support the NSTIC. The FFO can be found at
 and www.grants.gov<http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTIwMjAxLjUzMzk4NjEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTIwMjAxLjUzMzk4NjEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjg2MTg4MSZlbWFpbGlkPXRhbW15LnN0YXRoYXNAZ3NhLmdvdiZ1c2VyaWQ9dGFtbXkuc3RhdGhhc0Bnc2EuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&101&&&http://www.grants.gov>

This $10 million pilot program FFO marks a key step towards implementing
the Strategy and establishing the Identity Ecosystem. As with all NSTIC
activities, the success of these pilot programs will rely heavily on your
participation, innovations, and efforts.

The goal of this new grant program is to test or demonstrate new solutions,
models or frameworks that do not exist in the marketplace today, and that
will advance the NSTIC vision: that individuals and organizations utilize
secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity credentials to
access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy,
choice, and innovation.

Specifically, the NSTIC National Program Office is interested in funding
pilot projects with innovative approaches to address some or all of the
barriers that have hindered past federated identity efforts, and do so in a
way that aligns with and advances the NSTIC’s four guiding principles –
that identity solutions will be privacy-enhancing and voluntary, secure and
resilient, interoperable, and cost-effective and easy-to-use. These pilots
can thus provide a foundation upon which the Identity Ecosystem can be

There are many ways to get involved with the NSTIC Pilot programs:


   Read and review the Federal Funding Opportunity available at
   then spread the word to friends, colleagues, and co-workers.

   Participate in our *Proposer’s Day* which will be hosted on February 15,
   at the Department of Commerce Auditorium from 9:00am-12:00pm. This event
   will give potential applicants the opportunity to learn more about the new
   pilot program and to meet and interact with other Stakeholders interested
   in supporting NSTIC pilots. It will also be webcast live at
   those who can’t attend in person, with questions being accepted via Twitter
   (at #nstic) to support long distance Q&A.

   Collaborate with fellow stakeholders, either through our Proposer’s Day
   event, or through outside venues, such as workshops, conferences, and
   online forums. We highly encourage the creation of consortia and teams to
   develop wide-reaching and effective pilot programs.

   Submit project proposals that will help to build the Identity Ecosystem
   and accelerate adoption of the NSTIC. The Identity Ecosystem’s success will
   be built upon the foundation of private sector innovations, technologies,
   and standards. Abbreviated proposals are due March 7; a limited number of
   proposers will be selected from these and invited to submit full proposals.

*The NSTIC Steering Group:*

In the next two weeks, we also expect to release a set of recommendations
for establishing a privately-led Steering Group to lead implementation of
the Identity Ecosystem. This long-awaited document will detail the results
of responses to a Notice of Inquiry we published last year, and lay out a
clear path forward for a governance structure to tackle the difficult
standards and policy issues associated with creating the Identity Ecosystem.


In addition to our NSTIC Pilots Proposer’s Day, we will also be holding
events on both the east and west coasts over the next 45 days:


   *RSA Conference:* On Wednesday, February 29 from 3-5pm in Room 121 of
   the Moscone Center in San Francisco, we’ll be holding a NSTIC update
   featuring White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt and NSTIC
   National Program Office Manager Jeremy Grant. The event will provide
   stakeholders with an update on NSTIC implementation activities including
   the pilots and Steering Group, and offer an opportunity to ask questions.

   *IDtrust Workshop:* NIST will host its annual IDtrust workshop March
   13-14 at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, MD. More information (including
   registration details) is at

For further details on all of our events please visit our website at

The next few months will be an exciting and busy time for NSTIC, the NPO,
and our stakeholders. We appreciate your continued interest and efforts –
and look forward to working with you as we continue to implement NSTIC and
the Identity Ecosystem!

Jeremy Grant
Senior Executive Advisor, Identity Management

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