Friday, July 2, 2010

Cool Technology of the Week

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security released its Draft National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

The strategy includes 4 goals.
Goal 1: Develop a comprehensive Identity Ecosystem Framework
Goal 2: Build and implement an interoperable identity infrastructure aligned with the Identity Ecosystem Framework
Goal 3: Enhance confidence and willingness to participate in the Identity Ecosystem
Goal 4: Ensure the long-term success of the Identity Ecosystem

Such an ecosystem could address

*the multiple passwords problem we all face in our organizations
*the challenge of maintaining Public Key Infrastructure locally or regionally
*the complexity of securing the endpoints in health information exchange
*digital signature as needed for many compliance requirements
*federated authentication requirements among collaborators

An ecosystem of identity management that simplifies authentication in our local, regional and federal applications - that's cool!

1 comment:

GreenLeaves said...

John, from your perspective do you feel this can/would mesh with our healthcare's need for a national patient identifier?

My sense is that it would be significantly more robust than our social security number. Time would show how well hackers can manipulate the proposed structures.