NIST Awards $3.7M for Cybersecurity Pilot Projects

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Sept. 22 — The National Institute of Standards and Technology Sept. 21 announced three recipients of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) grants for pilot projects designed to make online transactions more secure and privacy-enhancing.

The three companies—HealthIDx; MorphoTrust USA and Galois Inc.—will receive a total of approximately $3.7 million to find ways to improve medical information security, reduce tax refund theft and provide secure online data storage, respectively, NIST said.

This is the fourth round of grants awarded after NSTIC was launched by the Obama administration in 2011. The strategy calls for collaboration between the private sector, public sector agencies and advocacy groups to “encourage the adoption of secure, efficient, easy-to-use and interoperable identity credentials to access online services in a way that promotes confidence, privacy choice and innovation.”

Further information on the three NIST grants is available at http://www.nist.gov/itl/20150921nstic.cfm.