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Challenges to Digital Identities

– Professional Security Magazine

  • Viewpoint
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • Via Malte Pollmann (Utimaco)
  • 31 October 2021

The advancements in digital identities call for high levels of security

The internet has developed from a communication tool to an everyday life necessity. The data commonly needed for digital identities is very sensitive and therefore has to be securely stored. This article explores how to create a secure digital identity, using the UK as an example.

“Digital identity documents are likely to become more common, despite the pushback they get when they are proposed, because they solve one of the key issues in the digital world: being able to tell that somebody is who they say they are.”

It is vital that the link between an individual's online identity and real life identity is secured to protect them against misuse and data leaks. The level of security needed is possible with modern hardware security modules, such as asymmetric cryptography:

The method is based on a private and a public key connected to each other using mathematical operations that are difficult to reverse, such as the multiplication of large prime numbers

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