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Jul 14, 2023

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Aug 9, 2023
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Digital Identity Testbed: Understanding Digital Attacks on Remote Identity Proofing Collaboration Event (CE)
Challenge Summary
Event Date: September 19, 2023
Location: Washington, DC
Request to Attend Closed August 9, 2023 11:59 PM ET
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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.



Digital attacks against identity are becoming increasingly common and the cost and complexity of creating or altering digital content is declining with emerging tools. Understanding these threats requires a test environment capable of making these data flows observable and enabling the assessment of attack and detection methods.


Why You Should Participate 

The Collaboration Event is designed to provide insights to ensure that potential partners understand the problem set(s) fully and to increase the likelihood of matching their technologies with end user needs. This CE is also an opportunity for attendees to network and form partnerships that may provide a more comprehensive solution. 

Following the CE, a subsequent Assessment Event (AE) may be initiated to analyze innovative solutions.



Event Timeline

Phase 1: September 19, 2023 Collaboration Event: HSWERX will host the CE with government, industry, academic, and laboratory partners focused on DHS needs. During this event, government end users will interact with potential partners and further communicate operational needs, performance goals, and other desired criteria. 

This event will take place in person near Washington, DC. 

Tentative Agenda


All times listed are in ET  
08:30 - 09:00: Attendees arrive and network
09:00 - 09:05: DHS T2C Introduction and Brief
09:05 - 09:10: DWX Introduction and Brief
09:10 - 09:25: Stakeholder Introduction and Challenge Overview
09:25 - 10:00: Gov. Subject Matter Expert Q&A Panel
10:00 - 10:10: Break
10:10 - 10:40: Ways to Overcome Round 1
10:40 - 11:10: Ways to Overcome Round 2
11:15 - 12:15: Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 02:30: Problem Statement Development
02:30 - 03:30: Problem Statement Briefs
03:30 - 03:45: Voting/Feedback
03:45 - 04:00: Wrap-Up and Path Forward


Note: Agenda is subject to change


Additional information regarding follow-on efforts will be posted to this site following the Collaboration Event. 



For event-related questions, please contact Kinsey Crim,

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Kinsey Crim



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