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Digital Identity Testbed: Understanding Digital Attacks on Remote Identity Proofing CE

Updated: Aug 14

Event Date: September 19, 2023

Location: Washington, DC

Request to Attend NLT August 9, 2023 11:59 PM ET


Challenge Opportunity


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HSWERX pilot innovation hub, a partnership between the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and DEFENSEWERX (DWX), will host a Collaboration Event (CE) to identify needs and define requirements for a testbed to evaluate capabilities that would detect, deter, and mitigate digital attacks on remote identity proofing technologies and processes. The purpose of the CE is to identify current limitations and ideate mechanisms to overcome limiting factors. During this open forum, participants from government, industry, academia, and national laboratories will consider specific challenge areas and develop potential paths forward with actionable plans for implementation.

DHS is interested in strengthening mechanisms to enable remote identity proofing capabilities. To support this objective, DHS is interested in developing test and evaluation capabilities to better understand types of digital attacks on remote identity proofing capabilities as well as assess mechanisms to detect and mitigate attacks. The testing capability should evaluate remote identity proofing functional components in isolation and as they operate in response to a particular scenario. Possible functional proofing and attack detection components may include device authentication, active configuration probes or heuristics, interactive analysis of sensor/device data, or the user’s behavioral profile/history. Ideally, the testbed would be able to test the performance of functional components, simulate attacker behavior and understand defenses such as supervised interventions, rate limits, and sensor integrity. The focus of this testing is on emerging digital attacks such as deepfakes, use of virtual cameras, etc. The testbed should include appropriate safeguards to permit working with real and synthetic identity data. The user is expected to bring their own device used in the identity proofing workflow.


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