Author Archives: Paul Grassi

From public preview to public draft: SP 800-63 is open for comment!

Don’t recognize us? We have a new blog theme! The NSTIC Notes blog is now I Think, Therefore IAM: a digital identities blog. Check out our latest post, below!

Last summer’s efforts on draft SP 800-63-3: Digital Identity Guidelines paved the way for a lot of positive changes – thanks to all who provided feedback. Today we are excited to announce the next step: the official public draft of SP 800-63-3 is out, open for public comment, and we’re anxiously awaiting more great feedback. The public draft will have a 60-day open comment period, closing on March 31st. Continue reading

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Many thanks for a successful 800-63-3 public preview!

As summer has flown by, you have kept us very busy reviewing your comments on GitHub to Special Publication (SP) 800-63-3 and engaged in a dialog about how this material can be enhanced to better support the public and private sectors. The response we’ve received to SP 800-63-3 – and this new approach – has been phenomenal and inspiring. And now, we’re excited to transition from the public preview period for draft NIST SP 800-63-3: Digital Authentication Guideline to the next critical phase – the 60-day public comment period. But before we do that, I’d like to explain what we learned this summer and where we are headed next… Continue reading

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Questions…and buzz surrounding draft NIST Special Publication 800-63-3

Here’s the backstory: You may have noticed that we’ve been getting a wee bit of attention on the proposed deprecation of SMS as an out-of-band second authentication factor in section 5.1.3.2 of draft NIST Special Publication 800-63-3: Digital Authentication Guideline. First, we’re happy to get the attention. Sure, this is a NIST document, but the point of public comment—and our extended public preview of the draft on GitHub—is to make sure the community is a part of creating it. The more eyes the better. The team here at NIST wouldn’t quite say many commenters make lighter work—but they sure do make a better end product. Continue reading

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Calling all 800-63-3 comments!

Have you done your summer reading yet? We’re approaching this summer’s halfway point – which means we’re halfway through the public preview of draft NIST Special Publication 800-63-3: Digital Authentication Guideline. Don’t let the dog days of summer get you down – we still need your feedback and expert opinions! For a refresher on some of the major changes to 800-63-3 and why we’re using GitHub to solicit comments, see our announcement blog. Continue reading

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Out with the old, in with the new: making MFA the norm

It seems it’s finally multi-factor authentication’s (MFA) time in the limelight. A recent Wells Fargo commercial touts a movement beyond the password with strong authentication. Bank of America enabled passcode-free mobile login with fingerprint. The White House released the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), expanding upon Executive Order 13681, with a focus on securing accounts with MFA. Betty White’s on board, too. Continue reading

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Announcing Draft Special Publication 800-63-3: Digital Authentication Guideline!

Today, we’re releasing the public preview of draft Special Publication 800-63-3, Digital Authentication Guideline. We’re excited to share the updates we’ve made—along with the new process that enables our stakeholders to more contribute to the document in a more dynamic way. Continue reading

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New publication: January workshop next steps

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: NIST’s efforts in defining measurement science and metrics in digital identity management must be aligned with the goals of the community. Today I’m pleased to announce the draft release of NISTIR 8103: Advanced Identity Workshop on Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem: Summary and Next Steps. This document summarizes two days of discussion from the over 220 participants at NIST’s workshop last month in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and provides a brief glance at how we intend to move forward in these important topics. Continue reading

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Stepping stones: working to establish a solid foundation for measurement science in the Identity Ecosystem

The “Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem” workshop was a huge success from NIST’s perspective; post-conference chatter leads me believe that attendees felt the same way. These two days further validated my excitement coming to work every day: we were humbled by the 220 familiar faces and new friends that showed a desire to build on the community’s progress in digital identity, along with the diversity of opinions and expertise to do just that. Between informative expert panels and intensive breakout sessions, attendees delved into measurement science in the Identity Ecosystem – brainstorming and evaluating approaches, barriers, implementation considerations, and more. Continue reading

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