NIST joins fight against cybercrime

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The Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is awarding roughly $3.7 million for three pilot projects designed to make online transactions more private and secure.

This fourth round of recipients of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) grants will, respectively, pilot technologies designed to safeguard tax returns, secure medical information and protect online storage. The NSTIC, which unites the public and private sectors, launched in 2011.

The new grantees are:

MorphoTrust USA (Billerica, Mass., $1,005,168)
MorphoTrust’s second NSTIC pilot grant will focus on preventing the theft of personal state tax refunds in multiple states. MorphoTrust will leverage trust created during the online driver licensing process, which includes biometrics and more, to build trustworthy electronic IDs. 

HealthIDx (Alexandria, Va., $813,922)
HealthIDx is developing "triple blind" technology that protects patients’ identity and information.

Galois, Inc. (Portland, Ore., $ 1,856,778)
Galois will build a biometric-based authentication tool that allows users to store and share private information online. Applications will include just-in-time transit ticketing on smartphones and Internet of Things-enabled smart homes.

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