Goals & tactics
Raising the bar to increase adoption of trusted digital identity solutions
NIST’s approach to digital identity focuses on achieving an environment in which 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 drive toward this vision focuses on two high-level goals of government and commercial adoption through the advancement of foundational activities in standards, technology, and measurement science. To achieve these, NIST employs four primary tactics: partnerships, publications, market intelligence, and communications.
NIST relies heavily on partnerships across government, commercial, and non-profit sectors to develop, deploy, and adopt trusted digital identity technology, guidance, and policy, establishing an identity marketplace of solutions leveraged by both public and private sectors. Learn about all of our pilot projects and partners.
Identity Ecosystem Framework (IDEF)
Laying the foundation for a vibrant identity ecosystem
Catalyzing the marketplace, filling gaps, and improving the future
The Pilots Program seeds the marketplace with trusted digital identity solutions to accelerate the growth of privacy-enhancing, secure, interoperable, and convenient solutions. The pilots develop and deploy technology, models, and frameworks that wouldn’t otherwise exist in the marketplace.
NIST publishes formal documents, whitepapers, and informal communications to share progress, seek feedback via public comment periods, and recap workshops and other events. Check out all of our documents and whitepapers.
|An Introduction to Privacy Engineering and Risk Management in Federal Systems (NISTIR 8062) | PDF|
|Attribute Metadata (Draft NISTIR 8112) | GitHub | PDF|
|Developing Trust Frameworks to Support Identity Federation (Draft NISTIR 8149) | PDF | GitHub|
|Digital Identity Guidelines (Draft Special Publication 800-63-3) | GitHub | PDF|
NIST identifies, collects, and analyzes metrics to gain greater insight into the development and adoption of trusted digital identity solutions. This work aids NIST in measuring the market shift toward these solutions and honing efforts moving forward so that NIST most effectively uses program resources.
NIST is using market intelligence to keep up with the pulse of the market and to hone our efforts in transitioning from addressing broad challenges to specific gaps and impediments in the market.
NIST leverages external communications to inform the public about its work and engage a variety of audiences to collaborate on projects. NIST also coordinates communications internally to align efforts and maximize the impact of NIST’s investment in cybersecurity initiatives.
Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP)
The Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) calls for an awareness campaign that focuses on broad adoption of multi-factor authentication. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) will build off the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign and efforts stemming from the TIG, partnering with technology companies and civil society to promote this effort and make it easier for millions of users to secure their accounts online.
Back to basics
We're sharing primers on a variety of identity-related topics, focusing on knowledge-sharing and public awareness. We plan to post additional releases on a regular basis - please check back for more!
|Multi-factor authentication (MFA) | Link|