Technology services that connect businesses, consumers, governments, and citizens are evolving. Humans are becoming more connected to people, entities, and things. Enterprise, governments, research, education, and consumers each value trusted identity services, credentials, and associated personal data. In this case, trust is composed of open standards adoption, verifiable services, proportional data control, choice, context, and a mutual respect for the user.
Early Identity Management (IdM) technology services focused on security and access management services positioned for the organizational or national perimeter. This focus may have been to a specific industry or area of the world. Today, our use of technology services is global. Data sharing and consumption has moved well beyond the perimeter and is now “borderless”.
Many nations are seeking to harmonize their identity, security, and access structures, so that citizens can access government services securely with a consistent user experience. Businesses seek to more dynamically connect with their customers as well as to grow their customer base. Both customers and citizens demand a dynamic, simple, and predictable user experience. But all of these priorities must be balanced for security while being respectful of the user’s personal data privacy.
Achieving the balance of security, privacy and usability presents both challenges and opportunities. Identity is the spark that powers the human connection of the Internet of Things. While trusted identities are the key to open the doors to the future of citizen-to-government engagement.
Networked devices and sensors make up the fabric of the Internet of Things (IoT). Both the present and the future of identity and personal data leverage mobile devices, sensors, and wearable technology. This is our connected life. As IoT becomes pervasive, Kantara Initiative is taking the lead to discover strategic issues present at the intersection of identity, IoT, and usability. Our Members develop innovations and programs that help to simplify our increasingly complex connected life.
The promise of an IoT-connected life can bring many benefits, from personal medical apps, via our mobile phones that securely share information with medical practitioners, to personal devices that measure our activity and sleeping habits. However, with these great opportunities also come great risks for data to fall into the wrong hands, to be sold to third parties without consent, or to be shared in ways that the user did not intend.
Citizens and consumers are connecting more and more to digital services. In the landscape of identity, security, and access technology and policy, varying national approaches and schemes exist. Governments and industries are seeking to partner in innovative ways to leverage their strengths for provision of services. This is the world of borderless IdM, where governments and industry seek to harmonize.
Verification and interoperability programs will need to evolve as well, to be as dynamic as the systems they are applied to. Our program now focuses on a modular approach to verify both identity service components, like identity proofing or token management, and larger services, like end-to-end credential provider services. Our verification programs are evolving to provide the right balance of flexibility while ensuring that the level of review continues to be of the highest quality.
The Kantara Initiative vision of a more natively trustworthy connected life focuses on innovation, business growth, access opportunities, dynamism, and trust.Joni Brennan, executive director Kantara initiative