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Workshop on Improving Trust in the Online Marketplace


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a workshop on April 10-11, 2013 on technical and administrative efforts to increase trust online by improving the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificate marketplace supporting Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS).   

Recent attacks against individuals and companies online have utilized known vulnerabilities in certificate management in order to spoof websites or gain trust to install malicious software without the user's knowledge. A number of new standards and protocols have been suggested to address these and other risks in the current marketplace. 

The workshop provides an opportunity for industry, research and academia communities, and government sectors, to review, promote and move toward consensus on emerging industry standards and guidelines and to learn about NIST's current cryptographic research, activities, programs and standards development. 

Topics expected to be covered in the workshop include:

  • The roles and requirements for the actors in the CA system including network security requirements;
  • Transparency and alternative certification, distribution or confirmation of key information;
  • Creation, reporting and use of revocation information; and
  • Efforts to enhance user interfaces to improve trust. 

Call for Abstracts

In preparation for the workshop, NIST calls for the submission of abstracts that highlight challenges and solutions in these and related areas. Submitted abstracts will be posted on the workshop website, and the authors of selected abstracts will be invited to present their work during the workshop.  

The deadline for abstract submission is February 17, 2013. The abstracts should be sent to: ca-workshop@nist.gov, indicating in the subject line: "Workshop Abstract Submission". The submission should clearly identify the emerging technology space (e.g., "User Interfaces"), the title of the abstract, and the author(s). The abstract's body should contain no more than 300 words.

Draft Program


The event will be webcast live April 10-11, 2013. A link to the webcast will be available here on those dates. Registration is not required to view the webcast.



Start Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
End Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Location: NIST-Gaithersburg, MD / Administration Building, Green Auditorium
Audience: Industry, Government, Academia
Format: Workshop


Registration Fee: $104.00

All attendees must be pre-registered to gain entry to the NIST campus. Photo identification must be presented at the main gate to be admitted to the conference. International attendees are required to present a passport. Attendees must wear their conference badge at all times while on the campus. There is no on-site registration for meetings held at NIST. 

Registration will close at 5:00pm EST, April 4, 2013

Cancellation requests must be received in writing or by email by 5:00 p.m. ET March 11, 2013 to be eligible for a refund of the entire registration fee. Please send requests to tina@fbcinc.com. Detailed cancellation and refund policies can be found by clicking the "Online Registration" link above.   

Registration is not required to view the webcast.


Workshop registration does not include your hotel reservation, however, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Gaithersburg Hilton.

Gaithersburg Hilton
620 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, Maryland
(301) 977-8900

Reference/Room Block: Improving Trust in the Online Marketplace
Room Rate: $129+ taxes (includes breakfast buffet)

Reservation deadline for the special room rate is March 19, 2013.

Technical Contact:

Andrew Regenscheid