Trusted identity ecosystem proposed for the USA

Posted by Ken Y-N on June 28th, 2010 at 03:55pm

A draft from the US Government proposes an "identity ecosystem", according to this post on Government Computer News. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace discusses how both the public and private sector can use a trusted identity for more secure online transactions. The big picture is:

In the envisioned identity ecosystem individuals, organizations, services, and devices would be able to trust each other because authoritative sources establish and authenticate their digital identities.

At the consumer end, the trusted identity may be held in smart cards, USB drives, mobile devices, software certificates or Trusted Platform Modules. (The article uses the phrase "trusted computing module", which when capitalised is actually the Chinese version of a TPM, but let’s ignore that!)

It’s an interesting article and well worth reading, as is a related post on the official White House blog.

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