The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) last month streamed past its biggest milestone to-date – moving theory into reality – when it committed nearly $10 million to fund five pilot programs.

NSTIC leader Jeremy Grant had spent the past 17 months making sure pilot day would come and that it would be a success.

He joined me last week on "Five Questions With....." to talk about the pilots and other accomplishments around NSTIC, which attracted nearly 1,000 people to participate in specialized groups building policies and procedures to govern efforts to create an “identity ecosystem” that will secure online transactions and interactions.

“We wanted to fund pilots that would make something happen that otherwise would not happen in the marketplace,” Grant said. “As we evaluate these pilots [which are funded for two years] we will look at metrics like how many organizations are these strong credentials being deployed across, how many end users are impacted, what are the adoption rates, how many orgs are willing to accept these credentials, and what are the new business models.”

Grant also talk about the goals of the recently formed NSTIC Steering Group and the most significant accomplishment to date for the strategy originally proposed by the Obama administration.

Grant points out where NSTIC criticism may be unwarranted, where his own optimism lies, and if a change of leadership in the Oval Office will impact NSTIC.

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