SOURCE: Kantara Initiative

Kantara Initiative

September 11, 2014 11:58 ET

Kantara Initiative Awards ID.me CSP Trustmark Grant at ALs 1, 2 & 3

ID.me Is Positioned to Issue High Assurance Digital Identity Credentials Across the Public and Private Sectors

PISCATAWAY, NJ--(Marketwired - Sep 11, 2014) - Kantara Initiative announces the Grant of Kantara Initiative Service Approval Trustmark to the ID.me Credential Service Provider (CSP) service operating at Level of Assurance 1, 2 and 3. ID.me was assessed against the Identity Assurance Framework - Service Assessment Criteria (IAF-SAC) as well as the Identity Credential Access Management (ICAM) Additional Criteria by Kantara Accredited Assessor Electrosoft.

A global organization, Kantara Initiative Accredits Assessors, Approves Credential and Component Service Providers (CSPs) at Levels of Assurance 1, 2 and 3 to issue and manage trusted credentials for ICAM and industry Trust Framework ecosystems. The broad and unique cross section of industry and multi-jurisdictional stakeholders, within the Kantara Membership, have the opportunity to develop new Trust Frameworks as well as to create profiles of the core Identity Assurance Framework for applicability to their communities of trust.

The key benefits of Kantara Initiative Trust Framework Program participation include: rapid on boarding of partners and customers, interoperability of technical and policy deployments, an enhanced user experience, competition and collaboration with industry peers. The Kantara Initiative Trust Framework Program drives toward modular, agile, portable, and scalable assurance to connect business, governments, customers, and citizens.

"Consumers are tired of having to create yet another username and password and to attempt to prove who they are to each government agency when they access government services online," said Matthew Thompson, ID.me COO. "ID.me enables consumers to more rapidly login to government services with a trusted credential issued by ID.me or a participating financial institution so that consumers can leverage the trust they have already established in their online identity across a network. We are excited to be able to enhance the delivery of government services to the standard consumers expect in the 21st century."

Thompson adds, "For a Bring Your Own ID model to work, credential providers like ID.me should be formally certified. A recent report by the Ponemon Institute revealed that 80% of the more than 3,500 IT security and business professionals surveyed worldwide agreed that formal certification of their BYOID identity provider was important with 29% of those surveyed saying it was essential."

"We congratulate ID.me on their achievement. We look forward to their continued leadership in Identity Management and as Members of the Kantara Initiative network of experts," said Joni Brennan, Executive Director, Kantara Initiative.

For further information or to accelerate your business by becoming Kantara Accredited or Approved contact secretariat@kantarainitaitive.org

About Kantara Initiative: Kantara Initiative connects business as an agile industry and community business acceleration organization that enables trusted transactions through our innovations, compliance programs, requirements development, and information sharing among communities including: industry, research & education, government agencies and international stakeholders. Join. Innovate. Trust. http://kantarainitiative.org

About ID.me: ID.me is the first digital identity network that allows consumers to prove who they are online while controlling how their information is shared with brands. For participating organizations, ID.me acts as a trusted intermediary, capable of verifying consumer identity and group affiliations in real-time. ID.me does not sell, rent, or loan member information to a third party for any reason. ID.me members retain complete control over how, or if, their information is shared on a case-by-case basis. This allows brands to ensure a consistent customer experience across offline and online channels while reducing costs associated with manual verification. ID.me was a finalist for WSJ Startup of the Year, named one of Entrepreneur Magazine's "100 Brilliant Companies," and ID.me was selected as one of five companies to participate in the President's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTC). For more information, please visit www.id.me

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