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Accelerating adoption of anti-phishing authentication methods

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contract: 70NANB23H251
Agency Tracking Number: 113-FY23
Amount: $96,644.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 3
Solicitation Number: 2023-NIST-SBIR-01
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-10-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-03-31
Small Business Information
1 Glenwood 5th Floor
Raleigh, NC 27603-2578
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Thelen
 (208) 473-0100
Business Contact
 Robert Thelen
Title: CEO
Phone: (208) 478-0100
Research Institution

President Biden’s new 2023 National Security Strategy outlines the need to shift the burden of security from individuals and small businesses to large institutions. Password-based authentication puts individuals and organizations at risk, but moving towards passwordless technologies is hard due to the overwhelming number of choices and the lack of data around the unmitigated costs. Inline with the IT lab’s E-Authentication project and draft roadmap, the goal is to accelerate the use of easy-to-use passwordless technologies through thoughtful standards and self-service tools. The R&D effort in the proposal is to research MFA and passwordless technologies, do a cost-benefit analysis focused on moving from passwords to passwordless technology, 40+ interviews to understand the total scope of effort to move from legacy authentication, to align data types being captured to NIST and industry standards, and create a framework to make faster, better decisions.
This effort also is focused on creating a set of open-source tools to allow app developers to understand the real cost of passwords, data breaches, and the benefits of moving to passwordless and MFA technology.

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