~ April 2015 ~

Welcome from the Executive Director

We are picking up speed at the IDESG. A big thank you to all who participated in and attended the joint IDESG and NIST event, Coming Soon: A Preview of the Identity Ecosystem Framework, on April 22 at the RSA Conference. We were fortunate to have Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator, keynote the event. The room was packed! This event was our opportunity to say to the security professionals in the RSA Conference community that IDESG isn't just thinking about producing a product, but that we are going to have something substantive - and soon. This event, and future events like this, help the broader security, privacy and identity community understand how IDESG and the Identity Ecosystem Framework fits into the larger Identity Ecosystem. We definitely generated industry interest, and I am confident we will see increased industry participation as a result of this event.

Marc-Anthony Signorino, IDESG Executive Director


Chairperson's Corner

By Kimberly Little Sutherland, Plenary Chair


April was an exciting time for the IDESG, and communication among our members and with stakeholders in the broader Identity Ecosystem was a huge part of it. First, we conducted our 13th Plenary. This session was a great way of continuing communication and keeping momentum going, following the January Plenary. And, as Marc-Anthony mentioned above, we previewed our forthcoming Identity Ecosystem Framework to a critical external audience at an event at the RSA Conference. We also used this conference as an opportunity to generate news about the IDESG. I participated in two media interviews with Information Security Media Group (ISMG) - one of the sponsors of our event at the RSA Conference. The audio interview may be found at BankInfoSecurity.com and the video interview at InfoRiskToday.com. ISMG posted links to both interviews across its seven media websites. This means the IDESG message and news about the forthcoming Identity Ecosystem Framework has been shared with nearly eight million unique monthly visitors to these sites and has a social media reach of more than seven million followers. The message here is clear: people are interested in IDESG and what we are doing - and they should be. We're doing great, important work that already is shaping the future of online identity. I'm confident that as we continue to increase communication about our work, our ranks will continue to grow.


2015 Elections

Thank you to all who voted in the 2015 Elections for Board Members. Election 2 required a runoff election for the 9th Delegate (Information Technology & Infrastructure Stakeholder Group) and the results have been tallied. See the detailed list of delegate winners on the IDESG website. In addition, the following have been elected to leadership positions within IDESG:


  • Sal D'Agostino (IDmachines) - President & Chair of the Board, IDESG, Inc.
  • Mark DiFraia (MorphoTrust) - Secretary, IDESG, Inc.
  • Neville Pattison (Gemalto) - Treasurer, IDESG, Inc.
  • Matt Thompson (ID.me) - Chair, IDESG Management Council
  • Ian Glazer (SalesForce) - Vice Chair, IDESG Management Council


Member spotlight: Dave Burhop

Dave has been working as the Deputy Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for over a decade and prior to that was the CIO for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services for over 15 years. He currently serves as the Management Council Delegate for U.S. State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Government.

Identity has been at the center of discussion in Virginia. Recently, the Virginia General Assembly proposed a bill to create a uniform standard for creating and validating digital identities that is expected to be passed into law around July 1st. The bill was issued from the Joint Council on Technology and Science (JCOTS) subcommittee study group in the Virginia General Assembly. This bill calls for a number of subject matter experts to act as the advisory council, from both the private and public sectors.

Because Virginia is the first state to pilot the digital identity effort on this level, Dave expects all other states will be watching carefully and follow in suit.


Around the Ecosystem

  • Adrian Cooper of Patient Privacy Rights spoke at VRM Day in Silicon Valley
  • April 7th - At the Internet Identity Workshop in Silicon Valley, Andrew Hughes from In Turn Information Management Consulting presented
  • Paul Grassi from NIST presented at the MACH 37 Cyber Accelerator Lunch and Learn
  • RSA Conference 2015, San Francisco
    • Ian Glazer (SalesForce.com) conducted a joint presentation "On the Care and Feeding of Human and Device Relationships"
    • Mike Garcia (NIST) discussed "The Economics of Online Identity: 6 Buzzwords to Impress your Boss"
  • Dr. Ron Ross of NIST delivered a keynote address at the Vanguard Security & Compliance East Conference in Tampa, Florida on April 27th


To share your presentations with IDESG members, send a hyperlink or attachment to maryalice@IDecosystem.org, and a link will be included in the next newsletter.


From the FMO

The FMO continues to work on staff projects in support of IDESG committee work. Key current projects include the development and refinement of Baseline Functional Requirements for the ID Ecosystem Framework (see the FMO status report at slides 53-60 here): https://www.idecosystem.org/filedepot_download/1877/1778), and staff analysis provided to the Standards Coordination Committee on specifications nominated for plenary approval as new entries in the IDESG Standards Registry.


From the NSTIC NPO

  • NSTIC NPO announced a new Privacy Pilots funding opportunity. The purpose of the new pilot program is to advance the NSTIC vision, objectives and guiding principles, and tackle barriers that have impeded the Identity Ecosystem from being fully realized. Applications for funding should outline the intent to overcome privacy-enhancing technology implementation barriers. Applications are due by Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM ET. To learn more, click here.
  • Find a summary of NSTIC pilots recently published in an internal report (NISTIR) entitled NSTIC Pilots: Catalyzing the Identity Ecosystem. The report explores common themes in the pilots' efforts of developing and operating innovative identity solutions.
  • A request for public comment on SP 800-63-2: Electronic Authentication Guideline was recently announced and is open until May 22, 2015. For its first revision, NIST is seeking the input of industry, government and academic experts.
  • The NSTIC NPO was recently featured in a DigitalGov article called Sharing Social Media Strategies: The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace Program Office. The piece highlights the social media tactics and techniques used by the NPO and the lessons they have learned as a team. To read the article, click here.
  • The 2015 RSA Conference took place in San Francisco, CA on April 20-24. RSA helps drive the information security agenda worldwide and attracts the best and brightest in the field to learn about IT security's most important issues. Presenters at the conference included Michael Daniel - special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator, Mike Garcia and Paul Grassi from the NSTIC NPO, and Debbie Bucci - lead IT architect in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. For more information about RSA, click here.

Upcoming Events

ID360 2015: The Identity Economy
Our RSA Conference event sponsor, the Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin, is hosting ID360: The Global Forum on Identity 2015 on May 5 and 6. ID360 features speakers and panels from experts and stakeholders from the private sector, government, and academia on the latest advancements in identity management, security, and privacy. This year's forum will explore the "Identity Economy," focusing on economic matters related to identity, cybersecurity, and personal information.


14th Plenary Session
Save the date - Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 1-5 p.m. EST, the IDESG will host the 14th plenary via virtual platform. More details will follow via direct email and through social media sites.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements



To share your presentations with IDESG members, send a hyperlink or attachment to maryalice@IDecosystem.org, and a link will be included in the next newsletter.


In The Media

IDESG on Social Media

As part of our communications initiatives, IDESG is boosting its presence on social media. The pages allow members to share information with their networks - helping to extend IDESG's reach in our professional community. We invite you to be IDESG ambassadors by sharing content that is posted through LinkedIn and Twitter (@id_eco_system).