"A 55-page document (PDF) released by the White House today adds a few more details to the proposal, which still remains mostly hazy and inchoate. "
Highlights from today's press conference featured Sen. Barbara Mukulski's work on NSTIC's piece of the cybersecurity budget and pricing to initiate the program at $25 million in taxpayer seed money. According to Andy Ozment, White House Director of Identity Management, a budget is available from the Dept. of Commerce for FY 2012. NIST's Senior Advisor of ID Management stated that some of the NSTIC proposal structure was inspired by the Department of Defense's use of CAC cards, a smart ID card for government beneficiaries. According to Ozment, there was no connection to legislative efforts on the Hill and the direction the NSTIC program.
Here are some examples of breaking Homeland Security and cyber privacy legislative actions this week.
- White House draft bill would put DHS in charge of civilian computer networks
- Stearns introduces online privacy bill
- Senate security will use Internet data mining to identify lawmaker threats
- Senators say digital privacy law covers smartphones
Meanwhile, Florida may be an early adopter of US online identity credentials and standards, as they are swiftly moving SB 1150 through the legislature. Online authentication may be available to add to drivers licenses as soon as January 1, 2012. Florida is also in the process of adopting Real ID compliant standards for their licenses.
Workshops, pilot programs and efforts to gather stakeholder input to implement the NSTIC program are planned for 3-5 years.
Here's second life for news that matters:
"The administration claims participation in the identity ecosystem will be entirely voluntary and users can choose to remain anonymous online. But privacy and civil rights advocates are sure to be concerned over what could be viewed as an attempt to create a type of digital ID card." - Hillicon Valley
With passwords "broken," US rolls out Internet identity plan
White House To Release Final Trusted Identity Plan
c/o Information Week
Commentary by Kevin Gosztola at Op-Ed News:
"Finally how appropriate is it that this plan is being unveiled at the US Chamber of Commerce? As reported by ThinkProgress in February, the US Chamber of Commerce communicated with private contractors that provide cybersecurity services to the US government -- HBGary Federal, Palantir, Berico Technologies. It discussed with these cybersecurity service providers how ChamberWatch, the SEIU, MoveOn, ThinkProgress and other groups could be targeted and proposed efforts "to steal private computer information, spy on the families of the Chamber's critics, and plant false documents within organizations opposed to the Chamber's agenda." (These same companies were also discovered to have developed plans to help Bank of America by sabotaging WikiLeaks through similar tactics." :::MORE HERE:::
WHO'S ON BOARD:
CA Technologies Champions White House Initiative to Create "Identity Ecosystem" [Kantara Initiative]
Northrop Grumman, Microsoft, CA Technologies and CertiPath Participate in National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace Announcement