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National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) 

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National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC)

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is a US government initiative announced in April 2011. It describes a vision of the future- an Identity Ecosystem- where individuals, businesses, and other organizations enjoy greater trust and security as they conduct sensitive transactions online.

Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, Inc. (IDESG)

The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) is the private sector-led organization created to lead the crafting of a trust framework that can replace passwords, allow individuals to prove online that they are who they claim to be, and enhance privacy.

National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) oversees the NSTIC Pilot Program through the NSTIC National Program Office (NPO). The NSTIC NPO solicited proposals from eligible proposers to pilot on-line identity solutions that embrace and advance the NSTIC vision.

2015 NSTIC Pilot Recipients:

Biometric technologies are used to establish or verify personal identity against previously enrolled individuals based upon recognition of a physiological or behavioral characteristic. Examples of biological characteristics include hand, finger, facial, and iris. Behavioral characteristics are traits that are learned or acquired, such as dynamic signature verification and keystroke dynamics. Using biometrics for identifying human beings offers some unique advantages because only biometrics can identify you as you.


The General Services Administration (GSA), the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are implementing the Connect.Gov program. The USPS serves as the technology manager for the program and is responsible for the USPS Connect service that provides the connection point between federal agencies and approved credential providers. GSA is leveraging its experience with shared services and identity management technology policy and serving as the program manager for the Connect.Gov program. NIST is providing the roadmap for Connect.Gov through the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

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US Organizations

As of 2015, 30% of US organizations use the NIST Cybersecurity Framework; and use is predicted to rise to 50% by 2020 according to Gartner research.