Deloitte teams with Attest to provide government digital ID solutions

12 November 2018 2 min. read

Deloitte is partnering with ID management firm Attest to help government clients implement digital identity solutions to solve government challenges.

The digital identity market is rapidly growing as consumers, businesses, and governments increase their demand for digital services that depend on accurate identification and authentication. Spurred on by best-practices, as well as regulatory compliance, the private and public sector want to better know who’s on the other of the digital connection, while consumers want to keep their data secure and appropriately used.

Attest offers a shared identity platform that allows governments to provide convenient and secure identity service to citizens at no-to-low cost. The solution allows consumers to gain control of their digital footprint while extending ‘government grade trust’ to businesses conducting digital transactions with ID-enabled consumers.Deloitte teams with Attest to provide government digital ID solutionsBig Four consultancy Deloitte will now be partnering with Attest to provide digital solutions to government clients who face complex challenges in the area. "While many companies are looking at using a personal wallet in which the individual has control of their digital identity credential, government must serve the whole of citizens, including those who may not be able to accept the control of their identity credential in a digital form,” said Wendy Henry, Deloitte's government and public services blockchain leader.

Digital credentials and blockchain can be a particularly complicated and thorny issue within a government context, according to Marc Mancher, Deloitte Consulting’s government and public services practice's automation service business leader. "Attest brings a set of solutions to help address this issue of digital credentials, making the use of solutions that require that digital identity more appealing technology for government clients."

Together, Deloitte and Attest will deliver blockchain-enabled tech like decentralized identifiers and verifiable credentials to government clients. By combining a government-backed ID verification structure with a platform built at scale with robust security and privacy, the solution will bring benefits even to businesses and consumers outside of government.  “A government-issued digital identity has the potential to reduce costs and risk for businesses in all industries, while also providing citizens with greater security, privacy and control over personal data," commented Attest CEO Cab Morris.

In other government cybersecurity news, Booz Allen recently launched District Defend – a location-based security system that enhances the mobility of government devices in sensitive and classified environments. The technology, available on Dell mobile computers, uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) and military-grade security to create physical locations where devices can access sensitive data.