Establishing trust in Internet transactions is a mutual process between user and service provider. In bank transactions, for example, customers want to be sure that their browser is taking them to their bank and not to a fake website. For its part, the bank needs to verify that the logged-in user is their customer and not an imposter. An upcoming conference co-sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will feature the latest technical information on establishing trust on the Internet. Known as IDtrust 2008, the conference will be held March 4-6, 2008, at NIST's Gaithersburg campus.
Previously known as the PKI R&D Workshop, the conference covers a broad set of Internet-based identity and trust tools and explores the possibility of creating an "identity layer," a method of managing identity information that would be woven into the general Internet infrastructure. Intended for government, academia and industry alike, the conference will include peer-reviewed papers and discussions among panels of invited experts.
Registration for the conference closes on Feb. 26, 2008, with a lower registration fee available through Jan. 26, 2008. For more information, go to www.nist.gov/public_affairs/confpage/080304htm.htm.