IDESG service aims to better protect digital identities

07/06/16

The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) has announced a new service that the body says will empower organizations to improve the way they handle digital identities.

In a statement, IDESG said the Identity Ecosystem Framework (IDEF) Registry brings the digital identity community closer to realizing the White House’s vision for trusted identities in cyberspace.

“This is an essential step in creating a safer environment for online transactions,” said Salvatore D’Agostino, President of the IDESG and CEO of IDmachines. “By equipping organizations involved in online transactions with a tool to measure where they stand relative to accepted policies and best practices, we’re promoting a safer internet on two levels. We’re making industry-accepted best practices more accessible to organizations who want to meet them, and providing a structured benchmark to organizations and individuals that want to use safer protocols for their digital transactions and information management.”

The IDEF Registry allows companies to independently assess their own identity management methods against common industry practices. The IDESG said that by using the IDESG’s Identity Ecosystem Framework as a model, organisations can now master and build on commonly accepted criteria for interoperability, privacy, security and usability. Meeting milestones in these subject areas is essential to ensuring that digital identities are protected and trustworthy online.

The group adds that the registry is the first opportunity of its kind for online identity service providers and owners and operators of applications that register, issue, authenticate, authorize and use identity credentials to prove that they operate secure platforms for their customers. Those that voluntarily register with the Registry publicly demonstrate their dedication to best practices in identity management. In addition to increasing participating organizations’ value and trust in the marketplace, the Registry gives them access to their industry’s most cutting-edge methods for identity management.

Initial listers include some of the preeminent companies in the identity space, such as MorphoTrust and PRIVO.

“As a founding member of the IDESG, PRIVO understands the level of commitment, subject matter expertise and vision required to bring the Registry to life,” said PRIVO Co-founder and CEO Denise Tayloe. “We are very proud to be one of the first services to hold ourselves accountable to the IDEF requirements that support a privacy-preserving, interoperable, secure, easy-to-use credential for families we serve, in order to protect and enable young users to engage and transact online.”

The IDESG has a pipeline of applicants and anticipates significant demand to join these early adopters to complete the process.

"An Internet built around the identity principles of the Identity Ecosystem Framework, is in the best interest of us all as individuals,” said Mark DiFraia, Senior Director of Market Development at MorphoTrust. “MorphoTrust is proud to be one of the first organizations to join the IDEF Registry because we made the investment to build our online identity solution from the ground up to deliver on the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Principles.  It is our sincere hope that the combination of NSTIC principles, the IDEF and now the IDEF Registry apply the right amount of pressure to shape the behavior of online players for the benefit of us all.”

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