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Three Pilot Projects Receive Grants to Improve Online Security and Privacy


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Nearly $3 million in grants will support three pilot projects under a U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology program to support public- and private-sector collaboration toward the creation and adoption of secure, easy-to-use online credentials.

Credit: Commerce.gov

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology announced it will issue nearly $3 million in grants to support three pilot projects as part of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) program it oversees. It is the third round of NSTIC grants since the program was launched in 2011 to support public- and private-sector collaboration toward the creation and adoption of secure, efficient, interoperable, and easy-to-use online credentials.

The first grant will go to GSMA and its project to enable consumers and businesses to use mobile devices for identity and access management. The pilot project involves all four major U.S. mobile carriers and is based on the organization's Mobile Connect Initiative.

The second grant will go to Confyrm, which is developing methods to mitigate the financial and reputation effects of criminals creating fake online accounts or hijacking existing accounts. The Confyrm project involves a major email provider, a major mobile operator, and multiple e-commerce sites.

The final grant will go to MorphoTrust USA, which is developing a method of translating state IDs into online credentials in partnership with the North Carolina Departments of Transportation Health and Human Services. The goal is to create a license-based credential that will enable residents to apply for state food benefits online.

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