Pilot Projects to Improve Cybersecurity, Reduce Online Theft

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced it will endowment scarcely $3.7 million for 3 commander projects designed to make online exchange some-more secure and privacy-enhancing for healthcare, supervision services, travel and a Internet of Things.


The 3 recipients of a National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) grants will commander solutions directed during shortening taxation reinstate theft, improving a certainty of medical information and providing secure online information storage.

“As ‘America’s Innovation Agency,’ a Commerce Department is committed to ancillary creation and industrial competitiveness that enhances a mercantile security,” pronounced Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews. “These pilots will yield innovative, unsentimental solutions to safeguard a trust we need to fight a flourishing hazard of cyber threats and keep a online economy growing.”

This is a fourth turn of commander grants awarded to support doing of NSTIC, that was launched by a Obama administration in 2011 and is managed by NIST. The plan supports partnership between a private sector, advocacy groups and public-sector agencies to inspire a adoption of secure, efficient, easy-to-use and interoperable temperament certification to entrance online services in a approach that promotes confidence, privacy, choice and innovation.

“The approach we paint ourselves online is elemental to scarcely all we do,” pronounced Mike Garcia, behaving executive of a NSTIC National Program Office. “We need more—and better—tools to make online temperament easier and some-more secure, and to allege a blurb deployment of privacy-enhancing technologies. The pilots we’re announcing currently supplement to an NSTIC commander portfolio that has already softened a digital lives of millions.”

The grantees announced currently are:

MorphoTrust USA (Billerica, Mass., $1,005,168)
MorphoTrust’s second NSTIC commander extend will concentration on preventing a burglary of personal state taxation refunds. Through MorphoTrust’s partnerships with mixed states, a plan will uncover how to well precedence trust combined during a online motorist chartering process, that includes enrollment, corroboration by biometric identification, authentication and validation, and issuance, in a scalable approach to emanate infallible electronic IDs that people control.

HealthIDx (Alexandria, Va., $813,922)
HealthIDx is building an innovative, privacy-enhancing record that protects patients’ temperament and information. This plan will commander a “triple blind” record in that medical use providers have no believe of that credential use provider an end-user chooses, credential use providers have no believe of that medical use provider a end-user is visiting, and a temperament attorney has no believe (nor retains any information) about a transaction’s parties or contents.

Galois, Inc. (Portland, Ore., $ 1,856,778)
Galois will build a apparatus that allows users to store and share private information online. The user-centric personal information storage complement relies on biometric-based authentication and will be built firmly from a belligerent up. As partial of a pilot, Galois will work with partners to rise just-in-time movement ticketing on intelligent phones and to confederate a secure complement into an Internet of Things-enabled intelligent home.

Read some-more about a 2015 grantees and their NSTIC-aligned solutions in a latest NSTIC blog post.

Source: NIST