The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC, or Strategy) is a White House initiative to work collaboratively with the private sector, advocacy groups, public sector agencies, and other organizations to improve the privacy, security, and convenience of online transactions.
In the current online environment, individuals are asked to maintain dozens of different usernames and passwords, usually one for each website with which they interact. This approach is a burden to individuals, and it encourages behavior—like the reuse of passwords—that makes online fraud and identity theft easier. At the same time, businesses are faced with ever-increasing costs for managing customer accounts, the consequences of online fraud, and the loss of business that results from individuals’ unwillingness to create yet another account. Moreover, both businesses and governments are unable to offer many services online because they cannot effectively identify the individuals with whom they interact.
The NSTIC Vision:
The realization of this vision is the user-centric “Identity Ecosystem,” an online environment where individuals and organizations are able to trust each other because they follow agreed upon standards to obtain and authenticate their digital identities—and the digital identities of devices.
The Strategy specifies four Guiding Principles to which the Identity Ecosystem must adhere:
The Strategy will only be a success—and the ideal of the Identity Ecosystem will only be fulfilled—if these Guiding Principles are achieved.
Components of the Identity Ecosystem
The different components include:
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