[WG-P3] Fwd: ISPI Clips 161.289: UK - Gov't allocates £10m to new ID scheme

Mark Lizar mark.lizar at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 11:15:01 EDT 2011



FYI - A newly funded UK Identity Assurance Initiative.


>
> ISPI Clips 161.289: UK - Gov't allocates £10m to new ID scheme
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> This From: ZDNet UK, October 31, 2011
> http://www.zdnet.co.uk
>
> UK allocates £10m to new ID scheme
> http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security-management/2011/10/31/uk-allocates-10m-to-new-id-scheme-40094326/
>
> By Tom Espiner,
> 31 October 2011 16:43
>
> The UK government has announced funds to 'lubricate' its trusted  
> identity
> scheme, in which citizens authenticate themselves across multiple  
> public
> services.
>
> The 'Identity Assurance' http://tinyurl.com/3js3qyf single sign-on  
> scheme
> will get £10m over two years from the government's £650m cybersecurity
> budget, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude told a conference in  
> central
> London on Monday.
>
> "Last week I earmarked £10m from the cybersecurity programme to  
> provide
> extra resources for this programme," said Maude, adding that the  
> Identity
> Assurance programme was different to the scrapped identity cards  
> scheme.
> http://tinyurl.com/3czdeed
>
> "We think the government can be involved, must be involved, not as  
> the big
> brother in this process, in the way that got associated with the  
> identity
> cards agenda, but actually as a little brother, supporting, helping,
> providing some backup, and some lubrication from funding," said Maude.
>
>
> Private-sector role
>
> The ID Assurance scheme will use a number of private-sector  
> organisations to
> provide federated identity services.
>
> Citizens will authenticate themselves through identity providers to a
> 'distributed hub', linked to public services provision. The idea is  
> to have
> a single sign-on which will authenticate people across multiple  
> services.
>
> Maude said the programme will rely on the private sector, with  
> government
> accreditation for the services' privacy and security standards.
>
> "It will be the private sector that leads the innovation, creates  
> the value,
> and drives forward the agenda," said Maude. "It's absolutely  
> essential we
> create the environment so that the private sector wants to play that  
> role,
> and is able to do it effectively."
>
> Businesses will have to invest time and resources, said Maude. "I  
> don't
> think it's about money, actually, this is about investment in kind,"  
> he told
> ZDNet UK. "This is about time, expertise, being willing to come  
> together in
> groups, share knowledge and work together."
>
> He said the priority for the Identity Assurance programme was to get  
> the
> necessary standards in place to enable a secure federated identity  
> scheme.
> "The key to this is standards," Maude told ZDNet UK. "The  
> technological
> infrastructure is crucial, but if we can't get agreement on the  
> standards,
> then this will not work."
>
> The Identity Assurance programme is split into various workstreams,
> including standards and certification, legal, technology, privacy and
> commercial.  <| Powered by www.ISPIClips.com |>
>
> Mike Bracken, the government's executive director of digital  
> services, is in
> charge of the scheme. He took up the position in July, and has been  
> working
> on ID Assurance over the past month and a half.
>
> Bracken said that government departments needed to start thinking of  
> the
> wider picture of identity assurance.
>
> "There are some great people thinking about identity, but they are  
> thinking
> about it in departmental terms," Bracken told the conference.
>
>
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