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White House Cybersecurity Czar Unveils National Strategy For Trusted Online Identity




White House Cybersecurity Czar Unveils National Strategy For Trusted Online Identity
White House Cybersecurity Czar Unveils National Strategy For Trusted Online Identity



http://www.darkreading.com/securityservices/security/government/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225701705 

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading
June 28, 2010 

The White House has outlined a national strategy for trusted digital 
identities that could ultimately eliminate the username-and-password 
model and lay the groundwork for a nationwide federated identity 
infrastructure.

Howard Schmidt, cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to the 
president, unveiled the administration's strategy for what he called an 
identity "ecosystem" for users and organizations to conduct online 
transactions securely and privately such that identities of all parties 
are trusted.

"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.)," Schmidt blogged late last week.

The White House won't issue a controversial national identity card for 
online authentication, however, according to the new National Strategy 
for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) draft paper, which is open 
for public comment and input until July 19.

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