DRAFT Special Publication 800-63-2, Electronic Authentication Guideline is now available for comment

NIST announces the release of Draft Special Publication 800-63-2, Electronic Authentication Guideline for public review and comment. This recommendation provides technical guidelines for Federal agencies implementing electronic authentication and is not intended to constrain the development or use of standards outside of this purpose. The recommendation covers remote authentication of users (such as employees, contractors, or private individuals) interacting with government IT systems over open networks. It defines technical requirements for each of four levels of assurance in the areas of identity proofing, registration, tokens, management processes, authentication protocols and related assertions. This publication will supersede NIST Special Publication 800-63-1.

This draft is a limited update of Special Publication 800-63-1 and substantive changes are made only in section 5. Registration and Issuance Processes. The substantive changes in the revised draft are intended to facilitate the use of professional credentials in the identity proofing process, and to reduce the need to use postal mail to an address of record to issue credentials for level 3 remote registration. Other changes to section 5 are minor explanations and clarifications. New or revised text is highlighted in the review draft. Other sections of NIST Special Publication 800-63-1 have not been changed in this draft.

Please submit comments on the revision to eauth-comments@nist.gov with the subject line: “Draft SP 800-63-2 Comments”. The comment period closes on March 4, 2013.       


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