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Workshop: Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem

On January 12-13, 2016, NIST will host a technical workshop, Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem.

Participants will collaborate about ways to measure and compare the performance of solutions in the Identity Ecosystem, specifically:

  • Strength of identity proofing, both remote and in-person;
  • Strength of authentication with a focus on biometrics; and
  • Attribute confidence to assist in effective authorization decision making.

This two-day event at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland, will bring together leading security practitioners, solution providers, experts, and policy makers from across sectors. With the growth of available solutions in the market, the NPO believes it's now time to improve the science behind identity assurance—and that the agencies and industry will benefit from better tools to measure the performance of solutions.

NIST is shifting its focus to these issues at a vital time. Last October, President Obama's Executive Order 13681 called for multi-factor authentication and effective identity proofing processes in federal agencies' digital services that involve personal data. Emerging technologies, like those in mobile and biometrics, are poised to be game-changers in the way we think about identity and access management. Based on these innovations, the explosion of tools and techniques in the market, and the need to remain flexible in guidelines and standards, metrics are a critical element of well-informed risk decisions. By aligning risk tolerance with a measure of strength in proofing and authentication– or attribute confidence– agencies can determine exactly what market solutions best can meet their needs.

NIST has released a series of brief whitepapers addressing each of the primary focus areas for the workshop. With the whitepapers as a starting point, stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide critical feedback at this workshop and guide next steps—which will be critical inputs to federal guidance on each of these topics as well as international standards. To make these efforts meaningful, engagement is needed from a diverse array of stakeholders on how measurement science and risk practices can be aligned to help mitigate the cyber threats faced today.

Whitepapers can be found here.



Click here for the latest agenda. (Updated 1/11)

Jan. 12 - 9:00am - 5:15pm ET (No-Host Social Event 5:15pm - 7:00pm)

Jan. 13 - 9:00am - 3:45pm ET

Holiday Inn Gaithersburg
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GroupCode: NIE
Book by December 28, 2015
Include Complimentary Shuttle to and From NIST and Breakfast

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays (up to 24 hours) in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. When registration is open, the required NIST-1260 form will be available as well. *New Visitor Access Requirement: Effective July 21, 2014, Under the REAL ID Act of 2005, agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver's license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension. Click here for a list of alternative identification and further details>>

Created October 6, 2015, Updated October 24, 2018