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NSTIC pilot uses biometrics to bring identity management to seniors

Members of AARP, a nonprofit group that serves adults 50 years or older, are testing technology to help them better manage their digital identities in a simple, but more secure way using biometrics. It's just one of 15 federally funded pilots that was recently highlighted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

NIST extends $3M in third round of online identity solution grants

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is awarding almost $3 million in its third round of grants to pilot real-world implementation of the White House's  National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC.

Cross-sector NSTIC implementation tough to crack, says panel

Reaching the point where identity solutions that apply to the healthcare sector could also be accepted in the area of financial services or other sectors continues to be a challenge for the  Identity Ecosystem Steering Group.

HHS official presses NSTIC group to develop ID solution to spur EHR adoption

Better identity management solutions could go a long way in encouraging electronic health record adoption among patients and providers nationwide, said a Health and Human Services Department official June 19. Many of the health information technology efforts spearheaded by HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT rely heavily on credentials and authentication.

NIST requests $8M increase for NSTIC

An Obama administration effort to replace online passwords with an "identity ecosystem" led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology would receive $24.5 million under the White House budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.

ONC, Inova look to NSTIC for healthcare identity management

The healthcare industry could greatly benefit from innovations in digital identity,  said  Jeremy Grant, senior executive advisor for identity management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Rather than create a one-off solution specific to healthcare, the industry can leverage other work being done to support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.

FICAM trust framework update opens door to federal credentials from financial institutions

Agency and department websites could one day soon leverage the same log-on information citizens use for online banking for government services, following a Feb. 7 GSA update to the Trust Framework Solution. Although it's often referred to as "guidance," the  TFS  (.pdf) isn't a mere suggestion, said Anil John, program manager for the trust framework solution.

Privacy high on agenda for second cybersecurity framework revision

Although the National Institute of Standards and Technology backed down from including a dedicated privacy appendix in the newly released critical infrastructure cybersecurity framework, it hasn't given up on the prospect of including privacy controls in future iterations of the framework. In the final version of the  framework released  Feb. 12 – final only in the sense that it's version 1.0 of what NIST says will be a "living document" – NIST  removed an appendix  containing privacy controls included in earlier drafts.

NIST opens third round of NSTIC pilots

The National Institute of Standards and Technology sees testing as critical to the formation of an identity ecosystem, as called for in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. On Jan. 16, NIST formally  announced  (.pdf) a federal funding opportunity for a third round of NSTIC pilots.

NIST's fiscal 2014 funding improves over previous years

Funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology this fiscal year under the omnibus federal funding bill signed into law by President Obama Jan. 17 will be better than in recent years past. The compromise funding bill (H.R. 3547) appropriates $850 million for NIST – not as much as the Commerce Department bureau's $928.3 million request, but $41 million above the enacted fiscal 2013 level, and well more than the $782.4 million it received in fiscal 2012.