Smart Card Alliance Identity Council urges use of smart cards for security in NSTIC identity ecosystem

Wednesday 17 July 2013 00:11 CET | News

Smart card credentials are the best choice for online transactions that require higher levels of security and trust within the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) identity ecosystem, according to a white paper released by the Smart Card Alliance Identity Council.

The newly launched document reviews the NSTIC initiatives and discusses how smart card technology can provide the advanced credentialing capabilities needed to enable high assurance in the NSTIC identity ecosystem.

The Smart Card Alliance has publicly endorsed the White House’s NSTIC initiative, which aims to improve on the credentials currently used to access the internet and authenticate identity online and to create and secure a trusted identity ecosystem. By enabling the principles of NSTIC, individuals will no longer have to remember an ever-growing (and potentially insecure) list of user names and passwords to access various online services.

The white paper details how the use of smart card technology within the NSTIC identity ecosystem could help:
• The technology is designed to reduce the risk of fraud by minimizing the risk that credentials or tokens are fraudulent;
• Smart cards are deployed around the world for financial services, mobile communications, healthcare and e-government;
• Smart card technology enables secure identity verification while helping to protect personal privacy;
• Only the cardholder is able to initiate or verify a transaction using a PIN, biometric data, or both;
• Smart card technology-based tokens can store electronic credentials and reduce the risk of the credentials being copied, altered, or hacked;
• Smart card technology-based tokens can hold many different identity credentials and support multiple authentication mechanisms.

Participants involved in the development of the “Smart Card Technology and NSTIC Brief” included Booz Allen Hamilton, CH2M Hill, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Gemalto, IDmachines, IQ Devices, NXP Semiconductors, Oberthur Technologies and SecureKey Technologies.

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.

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Keywords: Smart Card Alliance, online fraud, online security, e-identity, NSTIC
Categories: Securing Transactions | Digital Identity, Security & Online Fraud
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