NSTIC Guiding Principles

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC, or Strategy) envisions a world where individuals and organizations utilize secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity solutions to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice, and innovation.

The realization of this vision is the user-centric “Identity Ecosystem,” an online environment where individuals and organizations will be 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 specifically calls out four Guiding Principles to which the Identity Ecosystem must adhere:


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Identity solutions will be privacy-enhancing and voluntary

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Identity solutions
will be
secure and resilient

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Identity solutions will be
interoperable

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Identity solutions will be cost-effective and easy to use



The NSTIC will only be a success—and the ideal of the Identity Ecosystem will only be fulfilled—if these Guiding Principles are achieved.