Top Industry, White House, Media, US Government Officials Gather for CyberSecurity Workshop Today at MIT

Top Industry, White House, Media, US Government Officials Gather for CyberSecurity Workshop Today at MIT

by Sarah Cortes - Against a rising tide of cybercrime, the White House has launched a weapons program of sorts, including adopting a National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace ("NSTIC"). Today, experts from all over the United States meet with US government officials in Cambridge at MIT's Media Lab to roll up their sleeves and tackle some of the issues presented by a national cyberidentity program.

Jeremy Grant (pictured above), senior executive advisor for identity management at NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has organized this as a part of a series of conferences designed to bring exerts and interested parties together on NSTIC. Naomi Lefkovitz, National Security Staff, Executive Office of the President will speak, as well as Professor Alex (Sandy) Pentland, MIT Media Lab.

Grant's and NSTIC's mission is "policy and standards adoption for the Identity Ecosystem Framework in accordance with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC or “Strategy”)." NIST, a unit of the U.S. Commerce Department, oversees thousands of technology standards and programs besides NSTIC.

The agenda and speakers include top security and privacy professionals from higher education, industry and government:

Panel Discussion – Privacy in Practice: A Case Study and Discussion on Implementing the FIPPs in the Identity Ecosystem
Moderator: Dan Chenok, Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government and Chair, Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board
Case Study: FICAM Trust Framework Adoption Process(TFPAP) Privacy Criteria and Assessor Guidance
Kellie Cosgrove Riley, Senior Attorney, Privacy and Identity Protection,
Federal Trade Commission. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Don Thibeau, Open Identity Exchange (OIX)
Anna Slomovic, Chief Privacy Officer, Equifax
Mark Coderre, Head of Security Architecture, Aetna
Aaron Titus, Chief Privacy Officer, Identity Finder
Amie Stepanovich, National Security Counsel, EPIC
Alex Popowycz, VP of Information Security, Fidelity Investments

Panel Discussion – Privacy-Enhancing Technologies, Usability and the End-User Experience
Moderator: Dazza Greenwood, eCitizen Foundation
Jeffrey Friedberg, Chief Trust Architect, Microsoft
Ken Mortenson, Chief Privacy Officer, CVS Caremark
John Clippinger, Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Co-Director of The Law Lab at Harvard University
Kaliya Hamlin (“Identity Woman”), Executive Director, Personal Identity Ecosystem Consortium
Seth Schoen, Staff Technologist, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Dawn Jutla, Professor, Saint Mary's University, Halifax

Sarah Cortes is a member of the NIST CyberSecurity Working Group on the SmartGrid.