"As many of you experience every day, the world is undergoing a global digital transformation where digital and physical reality are blurring into a single integrated modern way of living. This new world needs a new model for digital identity, one that enhances individual privacy and security across the physical and digital world," says Alex Simons, Microsoft's Director of Program Management, in his blog post.
Just like a decade ago, every single social or business transaction is carried out by a business/social source owner. One thing is clear: all we are known by our precious identities. As a result, every single company or social media interaction can't be imagined without identity management.
These days, to identify yourself, it's not enough to recall your name, user ID or home/business address. Instead, you have to use a bunch of specific data including, but not limited to, your name, age, work experience, financial history, address history, social status and social media history. All mentioned types of data can be combined in order to define your person in a particular business or social environment.
Modern Identity Management: too slow, bulky and… centralized
Generally, most users can hardly control private information comprising their identities. Every day you have to use centralized services in order to exchange identity attributes for authentication, verification and authorization. And every day you risk to get exposed to a trivial identity fraud.
Another challenge is that organizations like the State Department require single sign-on (SSO). At the same time, the whole mess of departments sub-offices use isolated and centralized identity management systems. This makes identity management, protection and verification very cumbersome, cost-intensive and risky for industry enterprises, government agencies and users like you.
How about to re-imagine the future?
To solve the issues related to the traditional ID management, it would be useful to re-imagine the future and give a try to the following technologies:
- Cognitive applications. In short, they are nothing but pieces of software collecting specific data from cumulative online interactions. This would make it safe and easy to perform routine tasks such as filing taxes.
- User-controlled payment systems. An app of that kind would help you to shorten payment information changing procedure in order to get a new credit card in a jiffy.
- Systems that simplify transactions such as car purchases by verifying identity, credit, title and insurance, and obtain approvals with trusted identity profiles. In other words, applications capable to shorten the buying procedure from hours to a few quick minutes and reduce paperwork.