No more remembering (or forgetting) user-id passwords online?


Written by is abuzz today with news that the Obama administration has released a draft of its National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) laying out its cybersecurity-focused identity management vision.

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said during a keynote address at Symantec’s Government Symposium last week that this comprehensive strategy to move away from user-id password authentication would improve online transactions for government, industry and private citizens alike.

“There is a business requirement to do security,” Schmidt said. “We must ensure the ability to conduct transactions…[and] interact with the government in a very secure manner, where private and civil liberties are protected — and you can only do that with some of these things we’re looking at from an ID perspective.”

The draft, created in response to a requirement laid out in the President’s Cyberspace Policy Review, will be open for review and comment until July 19th at  A final NSTIC draft is expected to be finalized by this fall.

Other resources to check out for more information on the draft:

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (White House Blog)

‘Identity ecosystem’ to replace passwords, draft strategy suggests (Federal Computer Week)

White House drafting plan for cyberspace safety (CNet News)

US Outlines Security Strategy for Online Identity (

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