By promoting government and commercial adoption of privacy-enhancing, secure, interoperable, and easy-to-use digital identity solutions, the TIG works with its partners to drive trust, convenience, and innovation in the marketplace of identity solutions.
Founded in 2015 as part of NIST’s Applied Cybersecurity Division, the TIG is committed to advancing measurement science, technology, and standards adoption to improve digital identity for individuals and organizations alike.
As outlined in the Strategy, the TIG aims to convene, facilitate, and catalyze a private sector-led implementation approach to advance trusted digital identity solutions built upon four guiding principles, and to enable government adoption by continually evolving our risk-based federal guidance to encourage the adoption of innovative technologies in the market.
The foundation for all TIG goals, objectives, and actions
The guiding principles for trusted digital identity solutions are:
& easy to use
The TIG fosters progress that impacts our Identity Ecosystem.
As of December 31, 2016...
- the pilots have impacted over 7.4 million individuals, with advances occurring across 12 sectors – including the development of 14 multi-factor authentication solutions.
- the Pilots Program has convened more than 170 organizations to work together in advancing trusted digital identity solutions.
The passionate people behind the scenes
Kaitlin supports a range of communications efforts - from written content to graphics. She has a BA in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also studied technology through a digital cultures program.
Sean supports a broad array of NIST cybersecurity and privacy programs. Sean has worked on and researched issues at the intersection of public policy and technology in academia, the advocacy community, Congress, and the private sector. He has an MPA from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU, and a BA in politics from UC Santa Cruz.
TIG Grants Lead
Barbara leads the grant competition-related activities at the TIG. She has over 20 years of experience in grant programs at NIST that focused on making a difference in the marketplace, and has a background in computer science (PhD in 1992) and business issues (MBA in 2009).
Administrative Support Assistant
Rae'Chell has over 15 years of experience in administrative work. She has a wide range of experience acquired from several industries, which include: healthcare, consulting, creative services, and non-profit organizations.
Mike is a PhD economist and Federal 100 award-winning cybersecurity expert. He has focused on cyber economics at NIST since 2011, was previously with the Department of Homeland Security, and has also worked as a market research manager and software engineer. His dissertation analyzed the conditions that induce firms to invest in preventing data breaches and to report them when they happen.
Senior Standards and Technology Advisor
Paul joined NIST to advance the development and adoption of identity authentication and authorization related standards and technologies needed to implement the Identity Ecosystem envisioned in the Strategy. Paul has a broad background of technology and management consulting, having served a range of Fortune 500 companies, and domestic and foreign governments.
Trusted Identity Strategist
Phil leads a portfolio of pilot projects under cooperative agreements with private sector companies, providing subject-matter expertise on user experience, security, interoperability standards and privacy. Phil holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Purdue University.
Naomi specializes in the impact on privacy from digital identity management, cybersecurity and other information technologies. She previously served as Director for Privacy and Civil Liberties, Cybersecurity Directorate in the White House and Senior Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection in the Federal Trade Commission.
Senior Advisor, Information Security
Suzanne is involved with development of the Cybersecurity Framework and the Privacy Risk Management Framework, cybersecurity in cyber-physical systems, identity management, and cybersecurity policy. She has over a decade of experience in information security policy in government and the private sector.
TIG Pilots Program Manager
Katerina has her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing and MS in Information Systems. She has over 25 years of experience leading organizations' development and execution of marketing strategies, and deployment of solutions in telecommunications, ERP, and identity and access management technologies.
Cyber Policy Strategist
Ellen plays an integral role in driving various NIST publications from draft to publication and developing and maintaining metrics to assess progress in advancing digital identity. Ellen holds an MPA from New York University, where she was a Scholar for Service at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy. She also worked at a digital rights nonprofit in Santiago, Chile, as a Google Policy Fellow.
Identity and Standards Development Strategist
Elaine has been working at NIST since 2005 on the security and privacy of identity technologies and standards policy. She has represented both NIST and the U.S. in national and international standards activities under INCITS, ISO/IEC JTC 1, IEEE, OASIS, and other fora. Elaine holds an MS and PhD from Carnegie Mellon.
Trusted Identity Strategist
Ben contributes to a broad range of projects at the TIG, from pilot projects to publications. He is proficient in Chinese, most recently completing the State Department funded Critical Language Scholarship in Xi’an, China. Ben holds a BA in the School of Public Affairs from American University.
Director of Communications
Kristina has her MA in Communication and has spent the last 10+ years developing communication methods, models, and practices for federal agencies and Fortune 50 clients. She brings a unique perspective to NIST because of her background in crisis communication, public relations, and scientific research.
David is the Program Officer for the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) and helps to guide the IDESG in meeting organizational objectives and TIG goals. He has worked in various capacities in federal identity management over the last 25 years including directing Federal Identity Management, PIV card development and testing, and administration of the Federal PKI and the PKI Bridge.