Cyber Vulnerability Plan Up for Review

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 @ 11:07 AM gHale

A draft blueprint for reducing cybersecurity vulnerabilities such as identity theft and fraud and improving online privacy protections through the use of trusted digital identities hit the “cyber street” for review late last month.
Called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC, pronounced N-STICK), White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, Howard A. Schmidt, said NSTIC is a response to the president’s Cyberspace Policy Review and in collaboration with key government agencies, business leaders, and privacy advocates.
The plan envisions the creation of an Identity Ecosystem where individuals will no longer have to remember user names and passwords to access various online services. Rather, they will be able to voluntarily choose a secure, interoperable, privacy-enhancing credential (a smart identity card, a digital certificate on their cell phone) from a variety of public and private service providers to authenticate themselves online for different types of transactions (online banking, accessing electronic health records, sending email to name a few). The Identity Ecosystem will be user-centric, meaning individuals will have more control over the amount of personal information they use to authenticate themselves online.
The draft NSTIC is up for comment through July 19 at Members of the general public can submit their own suggestions as well as respond to and rank comments submitted by others.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a partner in the development of the strategy, is collecting the comments. The White House said a detailed implementation plan to accompany the strategy will circulate for comment later in July. The goal is to have the strategy completed and signed by the president in the September/October timeframe.

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