~ May 2016 ~

Welcome from the Executive Director

In less than one month, we'll galvanize the members of the IDESG in New Orleans, where together we will unveil the Identity Ecosystem Framework (IDEF) Registry to some of the most highly regarded minds from across the online security and identity industries.

We made the strategic decision to offer attendees of this year's Cloud Identity Summit (CIS) a first glimpse of the IDEF Registry. To help kick off the Summit, IDESG will lead a special interactive workshop on the IDEF Registry. Now that we've successfully planted the seeds for a thriving marketplace for strong, secure online identity credentials, our next stage of growth is to expand IDESG's membership base and educate organizations about the many ways the IDEF Registry can vastly improve online identity management. The IDESG Workshop at CIS is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the IDEF Registry to all participants in the Identity Ecosystem.

Additionally, CIS has invited two IDESG leaders to speak at this year's Summit: Jenn Behrens, our new Plenary Chair, and Ian Glazer, our out-going At-Large Board Member. With extensive backgrounds in privacy and identity management, both Jenn and Ian have demonstrated tireless dedication to securing people's online lives, and their leadership has protracted the realm of possibility for IDESG.

If you are planning to attend IDESG's 17th Plenary meeting, in June, I encourage you to head down south a few days early and join us at CIS. You may find further details on IDESG's presence at the 2016 Cloud Identity Summit in the Upcoming Events section, below.

See you in New Orleans!


~ Marc-Anthony Signorino, IDESG Executive Director


Chairperson's Corner


It is hard to believe that we are finally here! In only a matter of days we will celebrate the launch of the IDEF Registry and gather for our 17th Plenary meeting. I could not be more proud to stand alongside you, and also serve as your new Plenary Chair, as we enter this invigorating stage of innovation, collaboration and growth.

We accomplished a great effort in the last year with the IDEF. The registry catapults the IDESG into a new frontier and propels the NSTIC Guiding Principles forward. Our expanding horizons are more public, more marketable and even more dependent on hard work and strategic leadership, than ever before. The most efficient and innovative organizations understand the power of collaboration and they dedicate time and resources to nurturing dynamic and inclusive discussions. I call on each of you to commit yourselves to these constructive principles in the drive toward this new frontier.

This upcoming Plenary is an opportunity to hold comprehensive and constructive conversations on how we made it to this developmental stage. I am dedicated to ensuring that this meeting, and others, reflect IDESG's organizational personality - dynamic, collaborative, innovative and mission-oriented - to solidify our organizational identity and foundation and seamlessly embrace this new stage of growth.

I encourage you all to join IDESG in kicking off this new chapter, and look forward to seeing you at our 17th Plenary meeting, June 8th and 9th. See you in NOLA!


~ Jenn Behrens, IDESG Plenary Chair


From the FMO

The FMO played a key role in helping the IDEF Functional Model/Glossary Joint Committee complete its Glossary on schedule. It designed a working matrix document and provided continuing analytical and editorial support for finalizing the updated IDEF Glossary v1.0. The Glossary is intended to supplement Appendix A of the IDEF Baseline Requirements v1.0. The intensive efforts of the IDEF Functional Model/Glossary Joint Committee culminated with a period of nearly daily meetings over two weeks, including four joint sessions with other Committees. The full Plenary approved the Glossary by an electronic ballot closing May 13.

The FMO is supporting several ongoing Glossary-related tasks, including development of cross-linked documents for the Security Committee Baseline Requirements, a cross-linked Functional Model document for the continuing work of the IDEF FM/Glossary team and incorporating the Glossary into the IDESG wiki.


From the NSTIC NPO

NIST recently released the public preview of draft Special Publication 800-63-3, Digital Authentication Guideline! We're currently welcoming substantive comments and suggestions from the community. This draft includes changes based on what we've learned from experts, industry stakeholders, and NSTIC pilots since the last version was published. To modernize the feedback process, we've released it on GitHub - where we'll continually update the document this summer. Once the summer iterations come to a close, we'll also hold a more traditional public comment period.

We look forward to engaging with participants and making this document even better. You can get all the details on how to participate and how we'll process the community's contributions on the NSTIC Notes blog, and you can find the public preview here on GitHub.


Upcoming Events

IDESG's 17th Plenary, co-located at the Cloud Identity Summit, will be held June 8-9 in New Orleans, LA. Register here.

Those attending the Cloud Identity Summit are invited to attend a three-hour IDESG workshop on the Identity Ecosystem Framework (IDEF) and the launch of the Self-Assessment Listing Service (SALS) Registry on Monday, June 6. Find more information on this year's CIS here.


Recent Events

IDESG Executive Director Marc-Anthony Signorino spoke at the Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit, held May 17-18 in McLean, VA. He discussed how it is critically important, and never too early, to incorporate identity protection and security solutions into IoT devices. View more information on his session here.

Signorino also presented at the virtual Internet of Things: IoT Slam 2016, on April 28. His session highlighted how connected devices significantly expand the spread of identity data information and further complicate efforts to protect it. View more information on his session here.

IDESG President Sal D'Agostino spoke at the Connected Security Expo (CSE), held April 6-8 in Las Vegas, NV. His session, titled Privacy, Usability, Security and Interoperability the Rules of the Connected Road, examined the evolving set of requirements to conduct global e-commerce. Find more information on the conference here.

IDESG Privacy Coordination Committee Chairperson Jenn Behrens and IDESG Management Council Vice Chair Ian Glazer both spoke at the International Association of Privacy Professionals' (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit, held April 3-4 in Washington, DC. View additional information on Glazer's discussion 'The Maze of Online Retail: Privacy, Security, Notice and Consent' here.

Behrens, who sits on the IAPP Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board, also led 'Women Leading Privacy on the Little Big Stage,' a discussion on confidence and women in leadership positions.

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This newsletter was prepared by the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, Inc. using Federal funds under award 70NANB14H215 from the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIST, NSTIC, or the U.S. Department of Commerce.