Awarded in 2013
Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is the applied research arm at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2013, GTRI was awarded $1.7 million to develop and demonstrate a Trustmark Framework for the Identity Ecosystem.
“So many trust frameworks exist today. As you can imagine, this can lead to trust frameworks or federation silos that don’t trust or interoperate with each other,” says John Wandelt, research fellow at GTRI and executive director of the National Identity Exchange Federation (NIEF). “We ran into this challenge firsthand with the NIEF, which started out as a collection of law enforcement agencies in the United States sharing sensitive information.”
The GTRI team took the view of a trust framework as a set of components that can be standardized for reuse in different business contexts. The first involved developing the trustmark framework. In year two, GTRI began piloting the framework in the NIEF. The project has been extended through April 2016.
“We are now working to roll out to mental health and substance abuse councils in Alabama to facilitate the sharing of information to support the continuity of care for prisoners reentering into society,” Wandelt says. “This is just one example where different communities of interest, operating under different rules, need to trust and interoperate.”
- Developed a framework to facilitate greater trust and interoperability of trustmarks across the Identity Ecosystem
- Crafted more than 60 unique trustmark definitions
- Issued more than 90 trustmarks to NIEF organizations
- Developed software tools for defining, assessing, managing and facilitating trustmarks