Protecting data seems to be a theme with the latest pilot awards for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). The National Institute for Standards and Technology awarded $3.7 million to three projects to make online transactions more secure and privacy enhancing for health care, government services, transportation and the Internet of Things.
This is the fourth years The NSTIC National Program Office has awarded pilot grants trying to prove different aspects of an identity ecosystem. Fourteen pilots had previously been awarded and more can be found out about them here.
The recipients of the latest round of grants includes:
MorphoTrust USA (Billerica, Mass., $1,005,168) MorphoTrust’s second NSTIC pilot grant will focus on preventing the theft of personal state tax refunds.
Through MorphoTrust’s partnerships with multiple states, the project will show how to leverage trust created during the online driver licensing process, which includes enrollment, verification through biometric identification, authentication and validation, and issuance, in a scalable way to create trustworthy electronic IDs that individuals control.
HealthIDx (Alexandria, Va., $813,922) HealthIDx is developing a privacy-enhancing technology that protects patients’ identity and information.
This project will pilot a “triple blind” technology where medical service providers have no knowledge of which credential service provider an end-user chooses, credential service providers have no knowledge of which medical service provider the end-user is visiting, and the identity broker has no knowledge — nor retains any information — about the transaction’s parties or contents.
Galois Inc. (Portland, Ore., $ 1,856,778) Galois will build a tool that enable users to store and share private information online. The user-centric personal data storage system relies on biometric-based authentication and will be built from the ground up.
As part of the pilot, Galois will work with partners to develop transit ticketing on smart phones and to integrate the secure system into an Internet of Things-enabled smart home.