New authentication standards may be in the works

According to Secure ID News, the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) may be seeking to revise the four-level authentication framework that currently serves as an important piece of secure identity assurance. The framework is embodied in NIST Special Publication 800-63, a technical document that maps out each of the four levels, and serves as a crucial guide to stakeholders concerned with secure authentication practices.

While critical to many actors that must ensure a high degree of identity assurance, particularly government organizations, the framework itself has been highly criticized for its impracticality and rigidity across the private sector. According to Paul Grassi, senior standards and technology advisor at NIST, the hope is for a new document that is more flexible and will allow for greater adoption across the private sector. The official request for information is scheduled to be released before the end of 2014, at which time stakeholders will be able to offer input towards the creation of a more workable set of standards.


0 # luigi4235 2015-02-21 08:25
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