Three new pilots that will support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced. The $3 million will support projects for online identity protection to improve privacy, security and convenience.
The three recipients of the grants will pilot solutions that make it easier to use mobile devices instead of passwords for online authentication, minimize loss from fraud and improve access to state services.
This is the third round of NSTIC pilots with seven awarded in 2013 and five in 2012.
NSTIC Pilot: GSMA
GSMA has partnered with America’s four major mobile network operators to pilot a common approach—interoperable across all four operators—that will enable consumers and businesses to use mobile devices for secure, privacy-enhancing identity and access management.
GSMA’s global Mobile Connect Initiative is the foundation for the pilot; the initiative will be augmented in the United States to align with NSTIC. By enabling any organization to easily accept identity solutions from any of the four operators, the solution would reduce a significant barrier to online service providers accepting mobile-based credentials. GSMA also will tackle user interface, user experience, security and privacy challenges, with a focus on creating an easy-to-use solution for consumers.
NSTIC Pilot: Confyrm
The Confyrm pilot will demonstrate ways to minimize loss when criminals create fake accounts or take over online accounts. A key barrier to federated identity (in which the identity provider of your choice “vouches” for you at other sites) is the concern that accounts used in identity solutions may not be legitimate, or in the control of their rightful owner.
Account compromises and the subsequent misuse of identity result in destruction of personal information, damage to individual reputations, and financial loss. Confyrm will demonstrate how a “shared signals” model can mitigate the impact of account takeovers and fake accounts through early fraud detection and notification, with special emphasis on consumer privacy.
Aligning with the NSTIC guiding principles, this solution enables individuals and organizations to experience improved trust and confidence in identities online. Pilot partners include a major Internet email provider, a major mobile operator and multiple e-commerce sites.
NSTIC Pilot: MorphoTrust USA
MorphoTrust, in partnership with the North Carolina Departments of Transportation and Health and Human Services, will demonstrate how existing state-issued credentials such as driver’s licenses can be extended into the online world to enable new types of online citizen services.
The pilot will leverage North Carolina’s state driver’s license solution to create a digital credential for those applying for the North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services Program online. This solution will eliminate the need for people to appear in person to apply for Food and Nutrition Services benefits, reducing costs to the state while providing applicants with faster, easier access to benefits