NIST Hands Off NSTIC To Private Sector

Molly Bernhart Walker | FierceGovernmentIT | August 21, 2012

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC, steering group met for the first time Aug. 15 and 16, marking the official formation of the group and a major milestone in NSTIC implementation.

"This convening of the identity ecosystem steering group really represented the handing of the baton off to the private sector from the government side," said Jeremy Grant, National Institute of Standards and Technology's senior executive advisor for identity management.

The steering group, which is open to anyone, "exceeded our greatest expectations," said Grant. The Chicago event drew more than 800 registrants, including about 250 unaffiliated individuals, over 330 different companies and organizations, and representatives from the United Kingdom, Australia, the European Union, New Zealand, Canada and Japan.