NIST Measurement Science Workshop focuses on identity ecosystem.

Press Release Summary:

Technical workshop, Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem, will be hosted by NIST on January 12–13, 2016 in Gaithersburg, MD. Participants will collaborate about ways to measure and compare the performance of solutions in Identity Ecosystem. Specific topics include strength of identity proofing (remote and in-person), strength of authentication with focus on biometrics, and attributing confidence to assist in effective authorization decision making.

Original Press Release:

Workshop: Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem


On January 12-13, 2016, NIST will host a technical workshop, Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem. Participants will collaborate about ways to measure and compare the performance of solutions in the Identity Ecosystem, specifically:

Strength of identity proofing, both remote and in-person;

Strength of authentication with a focus on biometrics; and

Attribute confidence to assist in effective authorization decision making.

This two-day event at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland, will bring together leading security practitioners, solution providers, experts, and policy makers from across sectors. With the growth of available solutions in the market, the NPO believes it’s now time to improve the science behind identity assurance—and that the agencies and industry will benefit from better tools to measure the performance of solutions.

NIST is shifting its focus to these issues at a vital time. Last October, President Obama's Executive Order 13681 called for multi-factor authentication and effective identity proofing processes in federal agencies' digital services that involve personal data. Emerging technologies, like those in mobile and biometrics, are poised to be game-changers in the way we think about identity and access management. Based on these innovations, the explosion of tools and techniques in the market, and the need to remain flexible in guidelines and standards, metrics are a critical element of well-informed risk decisions. By aligning risk tolerance with a measure of strength in proofing and authentication– or attribute confidence– agencies can determine exactly what market solutions best can meet their needs.

NIST will soon release a series of brief whitepapers addressing each of the primary focus areas for the workshop. With the whitepapers as a starting point, stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide critical feedback at this workshop and guide next steps—which will be critical inputs to federal guidance on each of these topics as well as international standards. To make these efforts meaningful, engagement is needed from a diverse array of stakeholders on how measurement science and risk practices can be aligned to help mitigate the cyber threats faced today.

Whitepapers will be released on the NSTIC events page.


Click here for the latest agenda. (PDF)

Jan. 12 - 9:00am - 5:15pm ET (No-Host Social Event 5:15pm - 7:00pm)

Jan. 13 - 9:00am - 3:45pm ET

Security Instructions:

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays (up to 24 hours) in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. When registration is open, the required NIST-1260 form will be available as well. *New Visitor Access Requirement: Effective July 21, 2014, Under the REAL ID Act of 2005, agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension.


Start Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

End Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Location: NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899

Audience: Industry, Government, Academia, Other

Format: Workshop


Online registration

Registration with Catering $44. Registration with No Catering $0. All attendees must be pre-registered to gain entry to the NIST campus. Photo identification must be presented at the main gate to be admitted to the conference. International attendees are required to present a passport. Attendees must wear their conference badge at all times while on the campus. There is no on-site registration for meetings held at NIST. Registration Closes on January 5, 2016.

Registration Contact:

Myesha Steadman, 301-975-3258

Technical Contact:

Paul Grassi


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