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First NSTIC workshop announced; focus is on governance

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The White House Thursday announced that the first of three workshops aligned with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) program is scheduled for June 9th and 10th in Washington, D.C.

The workshop will focus on governance issues, according to an email sent to NSTIC “stakeholders” by Andy Ozment, director for federal information security policy on the White House’s national security staff. The focus audience is industry and government.

In April when NSTIC was announced, the White House said the workshop series would focus on governance along with privacy and technology standards. Dates and locations for the other two workshops have not been announced.

The Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is leading the NSTIC program, is sponsoring the workshop.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Commerce, home for the NSTIC program office, will release a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) “seeking comment on the requirements of and possible models for the NSTIC steering group models. This workshop will provide the opportunity for discussion and clarification of the NOI.”

The workshop goals include better understanding around the role of governance of NSTIC’s “identity ecosystem.” Identifying focus areas and scoping requirements are also listed as goals.

NSTIC outlines an “Identity Ecosystem” to be built by the private sector. The proposal, however, is not revolutionary. Its description in a 52-page document is peppered with words familiar to the identity community: interoperability, user-centric, policy, privacy, trust, attributes, IdP, RP, and compliance.

It is not a plan for a national ID card system.

“NSTIC will be driven by the private sector with collaboration from government partners,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke when the program was introduced April 15.

Online registration for the NSTIC workshop is open. The cost is $200.

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