Effecting Change in How the U.S. Federal Government Works with Ethereum-Based Projects


Companies searching for to work with the U.S. Federal Government in any capability are required to fulfill their strict cybersecurity requirements. To this finish, the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requires an Authority to Operate (ATO) safety authorization course of. Achieving this authorization means guaranteeing compliance with necessities decided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), amongst different safety points.

NIST-approved cryptographic curves don’t embrace the curves used on Mainnet Ethereum. The Mainnet Ethereum cryptographic methodology was chosen deliberately and delivers confirmed, equal ranges of safety, but this divergence from NIST processes typically causes friction for firms constructing on Ethereum and searching for Federal Government approval. Work should be achieved to facilitate authorities approval to construct initiatives on Ethereum.

Your assist is required to additional this trigger and assist advance the enterprise targets of firms working with the U.S. Federal Government and constructing on Ethereum. Here’s how one can become involved:

What: The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) has shaped an Authority to Operate Working Group to assist deal with this ongoing difficulty. The group will look at the minimal necessities to supply Ethereum-based blockchains that may cross the Authority to Operate course of, whether or not by introducing a minimal viable set of alternate cryptographic mechanisms, or facilitating NIST approval of these utilized in Ethereum.

The working group is chaired by John Greaves, Director of Global Standards, Architecture, Conformity and Propagation at ConsenSys Health. A globally acknowledged chief in expertise, Greaves is a pioneer in each DLT and Blockchain expertise. He brings greater than 40 years of expertise within the Standards, Regulatory and Compliance areas to his function as chairman of this working group.

Who: The Authority to Operate Working Group is searching for present and new EEA members who anticipate to work with the U.S. Federal Government or provide merchandise to prospects who work with the U.S. Federal Government.

Why Join: Any firm constructing on Ethereum and dealing with the U.S. Federal Government has a vested curiosity in facilitating the federal government’s acceptance and use of Ethereum-based merchandise. The Authority to Operate Working Group goals to carry these pursuits and minds collectively to additional the development and aggressive choices of the enterprise Ethereum group. This is a chance to be a pacesetter within the improvement of latest use instances, necessities and NIST-compliant enterprise Ethereum blockchains that can assist advance your enterprise targets and simplify future work with the U.S. Federal Government, on your firm and others.

When: The Authority to Operate Working Group meets each two weeks, starting on September 20, 2021.

How: Current EEA members ought to log into the Member Collaboration website and be a part of the working group to obtain future updates and assembly invites. To provide matters/points for the group to debate, please go to the Group’s Github Repository. If you don’t but have entry, please contact [email protected]. 

Interested in getting concerned, however you’re not but an EEA member? Find out extra about EEA membership and how one can assist reshape how the U.S. Federal Government interacts with Ethereum-based initiatives. Contact [email protected] or go to https://entethalliance.org/become-a-member/.

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