National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

What Does National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace Mean?

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is a planning tool for helping to limit identity theft and provide security for the Internet and other types of networks.


The NSTIC is a program devised by the US government that is run through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Techopedia Explains National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

The NSTIC plan involves an ‘identity ecosystem,’ a world of rules and policies for enforcing authentication and making online identities more transparent.

The general idea is to reform a system where, in many cases, problems with security certificates, authentication or other areas of Internet protocol are not defined enough to prevent hacking and data theft. Aspects of the NSTIC would provide more security for specific kinds of user activity.

For example, people doing online banking or viewing their health records need different kinds of protection than those who are just viewing informative web pages.

This NSTIC seeks to look closer at different kinds of Internet and network use, and address specific security problems that are most troubling to consumers, consumer advocates and governments.


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