IdenTrust and PKI

August 10, 2007 at 6:53 pm 1 comment

Dave Kearns’ IdM Newsletter alerted me to this article IdenTrust adoption at inflection point in FinancialTech Insider.

In my previous post about interoperable authentication credentials, I had referred to news from Australia in which ANZ Bank is piloting how its business customers can use their bank-issued smartcards with government.

In light of the FinancialTech Insider article, in retrospect I should have mentioned that the smartcards issued by ANZ use the IdenTrust certificate for authentication with the government. This re-emphasises the efforts being made by IdenTrust to breathe new life into banks’ PKI infrastructures.

The article makes a good point that, “IdenTrust is the only bank-developed identity authentication platform and unlike other digital ID solutions, it emphasizes the interoperability of its digital certificates and their ability to function cross-border.”

This might just be enough to give the banks an edge as a global-scale identity player.

Still, it is hard to overlook the troubled history of PKI. Much has been written about the problems with PKI. One of the good ones is by security guru Peter Gutmann called “Everything you Never Wanted to Know about PKI but were Forced to Find Out.”

With a title like that, it’s an insightful but very long read!


Entry filed under: 2FA, Aus, authentication, government, interop, PKI, security, strategy, trust.

Interoperable authentication credentials NZ: smartcards, online census

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. stephen revill  |  August 13, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Here is another title that might give people food for thought as to the efficacy of PKI and digital signature technology – “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Shocking Truth about Digital Signatures and Internet Commerce” by Jane Winn.

    Another good title! Here is the link.

    Stephen Revill


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