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SOFA Talk: Strength of Function for Authenticators Framework Now Open for Comment!

Back in January, NIST’s Applied Cybersecurity Division hosted the “Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem” workshop. Among the knotty issues under consideration, 220+ participants discussed the concept of measuring the strength of authentication. Continue reading

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Got trust? Seeking public comment on new NIST publication for developing trust frameworks to support identity federation

Some communities and organizations that share common user bases and transaction types are addressing challenges to users’ privacy and security by allowing users to access multiple services through common login processes. This approach – known as federated identity management – enables users to access multiple online organizations and services through shared authentication processes, instead of authenticating separately with each service provider. 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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Citius, Altius, Fortius: Announcing 6 new pilot projects across 10 states (and D.C.!)

As the sun was setting on the thirtieth modern Olympiad in London, NIST was preparing to announce our very first set of NSTIC pilot projects. As the flame goes out in Rio, we’re setting new records. In our largest pilot announcement to date, today NIST is proud to add six new projects to our ranks and bring the total number of projects to 24. 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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Coffee Chat with Michael Kaiser, Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance

To get to the core of multi-factor authentication (MFA) and why it’s such an important security feature, we caught up with Michael Kaiser, the Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Mr. Kaiser graciously sat down with us for our inaugural coffee chat – a new series on the NSTIC Notes Blog. In this series, we’ll hear from various leaders in the identity community as they share unique perspectives—in their own words—on essential identity topics. See our questions and his answers, below. Continue reading

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Back to Basics: What’s multi-factor authentication – and why should I care?

Here’s the traditional, not so secure way to log in to your bank account: enter your username and that familiar password you probably use for most of your online accounts. Then, you’re in. You can go about your business.

Not so fast! If you’re one of the 54% of consumers who, according to TeleSign, use five or fewer passwords for all of their accounts, you could create a “domino effect” that allows hackers to take down multiple accounts just by cracking one password. The good news? There’s an easy way to better protect your accounts (which contain a lot of personal information) with multi-factor authentication (MFA). Continue reading

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Looking back on happenings at the IDESG plenary

Last week in New Orleans, the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) launched the Identity Ecosystem Framework (IDEF) Registry and publicly listed the first four organizations to self-attest. At the 17th IDESG plenary meeting, these organizations presented their experiences – emphasizing the business benefit of publicly showcasing their dedication to trusted digital identity solutions. They also shared the ease of self-attestation, thanks to the IDESG’s concierge that assists Registry applicants. Continue reading

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