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The US National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace or simply (NSTIC), calls for the creation of an online environment, or an Identity Ecosystem, where individuals and organizations can complete online transactions with confidence, trusting the identities of each other and the identities of the infrastructure that the transaction runs on. For example, no longer should individuals have to remember an ever-expanding and potentially insecure list of usernames and passwords to login into various online services. Through the strategy we seek to enable a future where individuals can voluntarily choose to obtain a secure, interoperable, and privacy-enhancing credential (e.g., a smart identity card, a digital certificate on their cell phone, etc) from a variety of service providers – both public and private – to authenticate themselves online for different types of transactions (e.g., online banking, accessing electronic health records, sending email, etc.). Another key concept in the strategy is that the Identity Ecosystem is user-centric – that means you, as a user, will be able to have more control of the private information you use to authenticate yourself on-line, and generally will not have to reveal more than is necessary to do so.

IAPC

IAPC

The complexity of the entire ecosystem can be judged by the Chart above.
Download the Information Assurance Policy Chart
Download the National Strategy Document for Trusted Identity in Cyber Space

Source: White House Blog “By Howard Schmidt”

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