NIST Seeks to Advance Multi-Factor Authentication Adoption Through 6 Pilot Projects

cyberThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has introduced six new pilot projects that seek to secure and facilitate online access to local and state government services through multi-factor authentication and other identity-based verification measures.

Mike Garcia, deputy director of NIST’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, wrote in a blog post published Thursday the initiatives bring the total number of NSTIC pilot projects to 24 across 26 states and Washington with over 150 partners.

NIST will award the Florida Department of Revenue $3.5 million in funds to implement a single log-in identity process in support of the state’s Child Support Program.

Yubico will receive $2.3 million in NIST funds to build an identity toolkit through the OpenID Connect platform as well as field YubiKey devices based on the FIDO Alliance Universal 2nd Factor authentication standard.

Other recipients and their respective grant funds include:

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – $999,836
  • Gemalto – $2 million
  • ID.me – $3.7 million
  • Ohio Department of Administrative Services – $2.9 million

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