Locke announces new office to secure online transactions

“Identity theft is rampant and growing. Increasingly sophisticated cyber-hackers and thieves continue to steal personal information, bank account data and proprietary information," said Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Robert Mueller's forgotten surveillance crime spree Clinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions MORE (D-Md.). "The NSTIC will take important steps forward to enhance the trust of user and consumer confidence in all of their online transactions."

“Establishing this office represents an important step in the process of protecting the security and privacy of online transactions," said Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Overnight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term MORE (D-W.Va.). “It’s a critical piece of the larger cybersecurity puzzle." 

The Commerce Department estimates that worldwide e-commerce totals roughly $10 trillion annually. E-commerce sales were up 13.6 percent over a year ago during the third quarter of 2010, at more than $41 billion. Commerce plans to hold a workshop later this year to highlight its efforts on the NSTIC.

“We are extremely pleased to have a dedicated point of contact to secure the government’s support in creating a more trusted identity infrastructure," said Phil Bond, president and CEO of the industry group TechAmerica, which helped host the event. "We call upon the government to establish an even stronger public-private partnership by creating a private sector advisory committee for the program office.”

“Internet commerce and today's digital society run on trust — people need to know who they are dealing with," Bond added.