Apr 18
9:06 PM

From the White House: National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

Executive Summary:

The Strategy’s vision is: Individuals and organizations utilize secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity solutions to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice, and innovation.

The realization of this vision is the user-centric “Identity Ecosystem” described in this Strategy It is an online environment where individuals and organizations will be able to trust each other because they follow agreed upon standards to obtain and authenticate their digital identities—and the digital identities of devices The Identity Ecosystem is designed to securely support transactions that range from anonymous to fully-authenticated and from low- to high-value The Identity Ecosystem, as envisioned here, will increase the following:
• Privacy protections for individuals, who will be able trust that their personal data is handled fairly and transparently;
• Convenience for individuals, who may choose to manage fewer passwords or accounts than they do today;
• Efficiency for organizations, which will benefit from a reduction in paper-based and account
management processes;
• Ease-of-use, by automating identity solutions whenever possible and basing them on technology that is simple to operate;
• Security, by making it more difficult for criminals to compromise online transactions;
• Confidence that digital identities are adequately protected, thereby promoting the use of online services;
• Innovation, by lowering the risk associated with sensitive services and by enabling service providers to develop or expand their online presence;
• Choice, as service providers offer individuals different—yet interoperable—identity credentials and media

Read the full document here. [JML]

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