IDESG Newsletter #5
CONSIDER RUNNING FOR IDESG OFFICE
Candidate Nominations Deadline is Today!
The Call for Candidates was issued on Friday, February 15 requesting recommendations for candidates for the list of elected officers. Submission of all candidate recommendations for the positions shown below are due by 8:00 pm ET on Monday February 25th. Please fill out this form for each candidate recommendation. Self-nominations are permitted and encouraged.
Positions up for Election
Current Candidates Listed Here: https://www.idecosystem.org/page/2013-election-candidates
The election for At-Large Officers will begin on March 14. The Stakeholder Delegate election will begin on April 10. Recommendations for all officers must be made by February 25. More detailed information about the upcoming elections is available here:https://www.idecosystem.org/page/marchapril-2013-elections
SAVE THE DATE! NEXT PLENARY SCHEDULED FOR MAY 2013
The 4th IDESG Plenary meeting will be held May 9-10 in Santa Clara, CA. Details and a Registration Link can be found at www.idecosystem.org/4thPlenary. The Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) is being held earlier in the week in nearby Mountain View, CA, on May 7-9. NSTIC discussions will also be occurring at the IIW workshop prior to the start of the 4th Plenary. Please REGISTER TO ATTEND. No hotel room block is available but a list of area hotels is available online.
ONLINE PLENARY MEETING ON MARCH 22
On March 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm ET an online Plenary meeting will be held. The agenda will include deliberations and consideration of:
Register to Attend: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6740098985737584640
At the conclusion of the meeting on March 22, 2013 the Chair will announce a date for the commencement of an electronic vote, which will be open for fourteen days, and will be on the deliberation results of the online meeting.
NEW IDESG WIKI NOW LIVE!
We are pleased to announce that IDESG Members can now collaborate on the new Wiki atwww.idecosystem.org/wiki. We urge you to check it out and start contributing on the Terminology, Standards, Use Cases, and Trust Frameworks work that has already begun on the Wiki. More details found on a separate email sent on the subject.
IDESG HOLDS 3RD PLENARY IN PHOENIX, AZ
The leadership of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) opened the third plenary with a view toward work planning and identifying the key components of the identity ecosystem framework. Jeremy Grant, NSTIC NPO Director, observed that the work ahead will focus on high level work plans and finding ways to expand participation in the process by those who are not yet involved. Bob Blakley, Plenary Chair, charged participants with two deliverables to develop a picture of the components of the end-state identity ecosystem framework and the work streams to accomplish this to demonstrate to the IDESG stakeholders that we are making progress and creating value. Brett McDowell, Management Council Chair, reviewed the NSTIC goals, objectives, and benchmarks and encouraged the IDESG to be specific about what the output of the organization will be in measurable ways that are attainable and aspirational.
TABLE EXERCISE TO PRIORITIZE IDENTITY ECOSYSTEM FRAMEWORK COMPONENTS
Bob Blakley, Plenary Chair, started the meeting off with a discussion of key components of the Identity Ecosystem Framework envisioned in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).In-person attendees worked in groups at their tables and remote participants formed remote group discussions to determine the priority of each component of the identity ecosystem framework and list additional components that should be considered. A summary of the small group reports can be viewed online. The number one priority identified by participants was the development of privacy policies and rules followed by interoperability rules. Some of the added components and explanations included:
Accreditation is most important because until we have that, we can't launch the IDESG.
Privacy and accessibility are essential, because without a strong foundation on privacy and accessibility we will have strong opposition from entrenched groups or violate the laws.
Risk and assurance models are essential because they define the security, authentication, and identity proofing rules.
Interoperability is similar to risk in that we will have multiple TFP's and we need to make sure that they can interoperate and exchange information effectively. This is very hard but probably necessary for the work to go forward.
Attribute management is rated high because we have to make sure we have ways that attributes are not being collected and used without permission (the privacy concerns).
PRESS RELEASES DEMONSTRATE GOALS FOR THE IDESG TO WORK TOWARDS
An important aspect of the small group discussions was an assignment to draft a press release describing one problem that the IDESG will have been able to solve for our core constituents (citizens and relying parties) over the next nine months. Mr. Blakley noted that we must stay focused on goals these constituents care about. Blakley said, "Citizens and relying parties don't care much about standards, policies, and accreditation. They do care about simpler lives, better privacy, lower identity risk, and making money." Download all Press Release submissions. Here are some of the drafted press releases:
Tired of juggling multiple passwords and PINs for your ATM account, your credit card accounts, and online retailers? The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, which follows the principles of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), today announced the nationwide availability of a pilot program that issues a single credential that is trusted across multiple websites such as banks, retailers, government services and healthcare providers. This voluntary program allows citizens to securely establish a multi-purpose single identity that will significantly reduce, and eventually eliminate, the need to create and maintain multiple passwords and PINs. Exercising this strategy will result in less risk to the citizen making it much more difficult for criminals to commit identity fraud.
Licensed professionals now have a common way to express credentials and ongoing certification. By using a (insert practice/product here TBD by ID ecosystem work) a doctor, lawyer or other credentialed professional can demonstrate that they are authorized to work in their field and our current in their training.These credentials can be easily adopted by employers, users of professional services, and other institutions. No longer do licensed professionals need to scan, fax or otherwise send paper copies proving their qualifications every time another client seeks to retain their services. This reduces paperwork, administrative costs, and fraud or misrepresentation.
COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP IN WORK PLANNING FOCUS OF DAY 2
Work planning began in earnest on Day 2 by each committee. After spending much of the day in breakout sessions by committee, Committee Chairs provided report-outs on their work plans including identification of lead individuals and time frames as they were able to assign. The Management Council is putting these work plans together in order to view all the work of the identify ecosystem framework that has been undertaken and identify any gaps or overlaps. The Management Council will provide leadership to work towards resolution and provide support to ensure the real work of the Committees is able to stay on track. Download a summary of current committee work plans.
DAY 3 - PLENARY WIDE WORK ITEMS AND FUTURE PLANS DISCUSSED
Three presentations covered work items that must be done plenary-wide. Cathy Tilton, chair of the Standards Committee presented plans for IDESG Use Case Development. Jim Elste, chair of the Privacy Committee, reviewed the new Privacy Evaluation Methodology (PEM) that will be used to evaluate work products created by the IDESG in the future. Steve Mednick, Ombudsman, reviewed the Ombudsman Complaint Procedure to be used for all future complaints. The Ombudsman Complaint Procedure will be voted on by plenary members in an upcoming electronic ballot.
MANAGEMENT COUNCIL MEETING HELD AFTER PLENARY
The Management Council held a regular meeting immediately following the Plenary. AWork Planning Roadmap Subcommittee was formed to focus on the work plans of the committees and ensure overall IDESG goals and objectives are defined and on track. ABusiness Plan Subcommittee was also formed that will work on a plan for the financial sustainability of the IDESG after federal funding support ends at the end of 2013. Two other subcommittees were sunsetted, Holistic Pictures Subcommittee and the Technical Advisory Subcommittee, their chairs and members were recognized for their valuable contributions.
HEALTHCARE COMMITTEE UPDATE
For the past several weeks, the IDESG Health Care Committee has been meeting regularly to discuss many of the significant identity issues that face their community today. Specifically, there has been substantial discussion surrounding identity proofing practices, processes, and standards. Many in the committee agree that this is an area where the IDESG could help establish accepted practices or guidelines that may be useful not just to the health care community, but to the entire Identity Ecosystem. To jumpstart this effort and begin the development of some community specific use cases, the Committee has initiated work on a cross walk comparison tool designed to identify commonalities and gaps between existing health care sector initiatives that require identity proofing. The Committee has also discussed the potential impacts of Meaningful Use Level 3 and recent Health Information Exchange governance efforts on the Identity Ecosystem.
The IDESG Health Care Committee meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday's of every month.
Committees! Give the entire IDESG an update of your progress in the next newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the IDESG, including how to join and get involved in any committee, visit the IDESG website at www.idecosystem.org.