DHS S&T Industry Day for Blockchain Verification Vendors

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) will host an Industry Day on December 11 to discuss operational needs and partnership opportunities in the area of blockchain verification of certificates and licenses.

Technology start-ups will learn about a new opportunity to collaborate with the DHS on combating counterfeit and forged documentation. The industry day is hosted by the DHS S&T Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). SVIP targets nontraditional performers who can offer solutions to the most pressing threats facing DHS and the homeland security mission. The program builds relationships with startups and small businesses and offers a prime partnership opportunity to fund, test, pilot and apply cutting-edge technological solutions.

On December 11 in Menlo Park, California, officials from DHS will describe its operations in the area of blockchain and present it new solicitation: Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses.

This new solicitation seeks proposals from startups on the use of blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to prevent the falsification of records and provides startups with the opportunity to receive up to $800,000 in non-dilutive funding.

blockchain and DLT, from a government perspective, holds the potential for enhanced transparency and auditing of public service operations, greater visibility into multi-party business operations, and automation of paper-based processes to improve delivery of services to organizations and citizens.

DHS has common needs across its mission sets for potential use of interoperable implementations of blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) that also support the growth and availability of a competitive marketplace of diverse technology implementations for government and industry to draw upon to deliver cost effective and innovative solutions.

SVIP is therefore seeking technical capabilities that could serve the mission needs of one or more DHS Operational Components and Programs including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Transportation Security Administration.

DHS is interested in innovative blockchain and DLT solutions that address the challenges of interoperable digital entitlement attestations that support individual control and accountability of data release, while incorporating digital counter-fraud technologies and tactics, enterprise lifecycle management, and a high degree of usability across service delivery modalities. Specifically, DHS is interested in solutions addressing one or more Technical Topic Areas (TTAs), namely TTA #1: Issuance and Verification of Certificates, Licenses and Attestations; TTA #2: Storage and Management of Certificates, Licenses and Attestations; and TTA #3: Decentralized and Derived PIV Credentials.

Kylie Bull has 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. She is an editor and contributor for Jane's by IHS Markit, a columnist for security and counter-terror publications, and a former managing editor for Homeland Security Today.

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