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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Secure Online Authentication to Reverse Osmosis Water Efficiency


In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Secure Online Authentication

Two American National Standards (ANS) developed by the Accredited Standards Committee X9 Inc., an ANSI accredited standards developing organization, support secure online authentication. As the world becomes more digital and more financial transactions are done online, these standards lay the framework for making these online transactions more secure.

The financial services industry already uses various methods of authorizing and authenticating entities and protecting financial transactions, such as Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) and Message Authentication Codes (MACs) for retail and wholesale financial transactions, user IDs and passwords for network and computer access, and key management for network connectivity.

The newly revised ANS, X9.117-2020 -- Mutual Authentication for Secure Remote Access, creates an authentication framework for using these methods that can be adopted by both financial institutions and their customers, allowing both parties to achieve a higher level of confidence that they were transacting with the appropriate party. The resulting reduction of risk benefits all parties to a transaction. The 2020 update to X9.117 includes terms, definitions and descriptions for clarity, re-alignment with authentication methods in other X9 standards, an expanded scope to directly address mutual authentication, and modernized requirements and recommendations.

The newly published X9.122-2020 -- Secure Consumer Authentication for Internet Payments, defines requirements for providing secure consumer authentication for internet-based payments, and it also provides guidance for using other industry standards online, where applicable. By providing secure internet payment options, financial institutions will strengthen their relationships with consumers, who in turn will have a higher level of confidence in the security of their transactions.

Reverse Osmosis Water Efficiency

A new American National Standard (ANS) developed by the American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE), an ANSI accredited standards developing organization, addresses the design of reverse osmosis water treatment systems, setting targets for efficiency. This in turn allows us to access high-quality, safe water with less water waste.

Residential reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment systems provide a means to reduce contaminants found in drinking water by utilizing a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules, and particles. ASSE 1086-2020 -- Performance Requirements For Reverse Osmosis Water Efficiency - Drinking Water, covers water efficiency for residential RO systems and performance testing to address the membrane life concerns of high efficiency RO systems and membranes. The standard includes test requirements for complete systems or components, including system manifolds, RO membranes, pre- and post-filtration assemblies, supply and drain connections, and more.