National Program Office Planned for Online Trusted Identity Strategy
by NIST Public and Business Affairs January 21, 2011
At a January 7, 2011 forum with Silicon Valley business and academic leaders at Stanford University, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt announced plans to create a National Program Office to help foster an environment in which sensitive online transactions can be carried out with greater levels of trust.
To be established within the Department of Commerce, with support from agencies such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the National Program Office would coordinate federal activities needed to implement the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), an Obama administration initiative aimed at establishing identity solutions and privacy-enhancing technologies intended to make the online environment more secure and convenient. The national office would serve as the point of contact to bring the public and private sectors together to meet this challenge.