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Data for today’s episode is provided by Mercator Advisory Group’s report — Distributed and Self-Sovereign Identity Solutions: Part 1, Technology Overview
Five key benefits that Self-Sovereign Identity brings:
- Self-Sovereign Identity, conceptually, is a new internet service that delivers a combined identity verification and authentication solution
- A huge shift from the current model – turning existing validators into a resource for individuals and new validators
- Benefits include:
- eliminating the effort of collecting documentation that has already been collected elsewhere
- Applicants (individuals) deliver only the information they approve validators to receive
- Establishes a cryptographically secure distributed ledger recording transactions that prevents modification
- Because the system answers only yes/no questions, there is no need to store personal data in a central repository
- Self-Sovereign network operates in a fashion similar to the internet: no one owns, everyone has access
About the report
Technological issues driven by the needs of distributed ID (DID) and presumed to be years away should already guide investments in EMV 3D Secure authentication. Both the authentication technology and risk models for EMV 3D Secure should be carefully considered to protect these investments from early obsolescence, the author asserts, according to a new research report by Mercator Advisory Group, Distributed and Self-Sovereign Identity Solutions: Part 1, Technology Overview.
In past reports, Mercator discussed how biometrics would quickly replace passwords and showed the importance of mobile authentication using Fast Identity Online (FIDO). The latest report takes into account new technologies including Secure DNS, distributed IDs, and self-sovereign identity, which is an identity and authentication model currently adopted by IBM, Microsoft, and Mastercard. Part 2, the forthcoming companion report, profiles technology providers in this space.
The new report explains how distributed ID (DID) and self-sovereign identity solutions (SSI) will cause the consolidation of the two platforms that financial institutions implement separately today for identity and authentication. The report indicates that consolidation benefits the consumer by delivering total control over the release of personal information and eliminating the paper chase required to collect validating paper documents and benefits the financial institution by eliminating validation of paper documents and offers the potential to participate in a new revenue generating service.
“The benefits of self-sovereign identity are clear, and major platform providers, including IBM, Microsoft, and Mastercard, have announced adoption of this model, which returns control of identity to the individual,” commented the author of the report, Tim Sloane, VP, Payments Innovation, and Director, Emerging Technologies Advisory Service at Mercator Advisory Group. “However, the more immediate concerns are that several current identity implementations appear to be in direct contrast to this model, including the Sign In with Apple implementation. In addition, the investments being made today in authentication are likely to be obsolete if these new technologies are not taken into consideration.”
This research report has 20 pages and 4 exhibits.
Companies mentioned in this report include: Accenture, Aetna, Amazon, American Express, Acxiom, Apple, Barclaycard, Desert FCU, EMVCo, Epsilon, Equifax, Experian, Facebook, Fair Isaac, FICO, FIDO Alliance, Finicity, Google, GOV.UK Verify, Harte-Hanks, IBM, InAuth, Intelius, iRespond, LexisNexis, Linux, Mastercard, Microsoft, Nok Nok Labs, NuData, Office of Management and Budget, Oracle, Replicon, SAFE-BioPharma Association, Samsung, TransUnion, USAA, Veridium, Verifiable Organizations Network (VON), Visa, W3C, and Yes.