UTCID 2016 Recap

With 2016 coming to an end, the Center for Identity would like to thank our strategic partners — your support and collaboration help make possible the Center’s mission to serve as a national center of excellence for identity management and security research, education, and outreach. As we look forward to what promises to be an exciting 2017, we would like to share some of the highlights from 2016:

UTCID Strategic Partners

  • Welcomed three new organizations to the UTCID Board of Advisors: Generali Global Assistance – Identity and Digital Protection Services, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM/DHS), and Homeland Security Investigations (HIS/DHS).

UTCID Research

  • Launched a comprehensive research portal on the UTCID website containing an overview of Center projects and research areas, biographies and research expertise for UTCID faculty researchers, and links to the Center’s academic publications.
  • Published 14 Center Reports on the UTCID Research Portal on wide range of identity-related research projects, including biometrics, privacy in social media, unclonable device identity, and mobile identity.
  • Successfully submitted seminal publications on key Center research projects including: Identity Ecosystem, Identity Threat Assessment and Prediction (ITAP), Identity Risk Kit App, and PrivacyCheck App.
  • Finalized the first annual Identity Theft Assessment and Prediction (ITAP) Industry Report. We are working with UTCID Strategic Partner PR and marketing personnel to plan a coordinated public release of the report in January, 2017.
  • Continued delivering identity management and security advances via cornerstone UTCID research projects:
    • Quantifying and characterizing identity threats through the UTCID Identity Threat Assessment and Prediction (ITAP) project.
    • Delivering new understanding of identity asset value, risks and liabilities in the CID Identity Ecosystem.
  • Assessed penetration of biometric uses and applications in consumer markets (research funded by a gift from TransUnion). Results to be published in Q1 of 2017.
  • Continued development of the UTCID Trust Filter to mine and evaluate the trustworthiness of NextGen social media data sources to increase data confidence for a host of applications.
  • Finalized the ID360 Scorecard Program to help organizations demonstrate and communicate mature, effective, and tested management, protection and security of identity assets.


UTCID Education

  • Launched the first ever Identity Leadership Certificate program, with 21 participants from 9 states and 2 countries. Students came together for one week to discuss the identity management challenges across their industries, including health, consulting, consumer services, identity protection, and U.S. and international government agencies.
  • Welcomed our second cohort to the Master of Science in Identity Management and Security program, bringing the student total to 18. The students come from across the country, with about half participating online each class weekend. 
  • Developed the first entries in a series of online courses in identity management and security. These online courses are slated for publication in the first half of 2017, and cover topics including identity theft training for law enforcement and data breach response.
  • Ramping efforts to connect students and partners through the ResearchMatch.EDU program, projects for the classroom, and sharing of student resumes.


UTCID Outreach

  • Continued to grow the audience on the Center’s website and IDWise resource center, with nearly 5,000 monthly visits.
  • Provided valuable leadership at the 2016 Global Identity Summit in September, hosting two sessions on the Identity Workforce, and Identity as an Asset. Thanks to TransUnion, LexisNexis, Applied Fundamentals, MorphoTrust, Gemalto, the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), and the U.S. Secret Service for your leadership and participation on these GIS panels.
  • Worked directly with consumers, small business owners, government employees, and law enforcement agents at a number of different events and conferences to help disseminate best practices regarding identity management, privacy, and security. Some of the event and conference highlights include:
    • FTC Start with Security Conference
    • U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs - Identity Thieves: Catching the Bad Guys
    • NSA-hosted Lab Symposium
    • Texas State Legislature County Affairs Committee Hearing
    • Next Generation Airports Conference

The Center is looking forward to a successful and productive 2017, and is excited about our ongoing collaboration with our partners. Together, we will continue to advance identity research, education, and outreach for the benefit of a wide range of stakeholders, including consumers, law enforcement, leaders from corporations, state and federal government agencies, and academia.

On behalf of all of us here at the Center for Identity, I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, and health and prosperity in the coming year.

Best wishes,

Suzanne Barber
Director, Center for Identity
AT&T Endowed Professor in Engineering

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