The Future of Secure Identities

Brent Williams of Equifax on How to Create Trusted Solutions
The Future of Secure Identities

Ultimately, the concept of identity comes down to two questions: "Who am I dealing with? Do they have the authority to do what they're attempting to do?"

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Far too many identity solutions today rely on simple user names and passwords, says Brent Williams, CTO of Anakam Identity Services, an Equifax company. But these solutions are easily breached, he says, and the future of identity - particularly in highly-regulated industries such as banking and healthcare - requires stronger measures.

"The future of identity relies on the concept of attributes," says Williams, describing the electronic credentials that validate users' identities and access rights throughout what the entire identity lifecycle. "We want to be able to understand that entire lifecycle and then be able to provide attributes at high levels of assurance that can be used not just to facilitate better e-commerce, but also to conduct those transactions that have been dying to shift over to the web with high levels of confidence and trust."

In an exclusive video interview recorded at RSA Conference 2012, Williams discusses:

  • What's wrong with how we secure identities today;
  • The future of identity;
  • Solutions to secure the identity lifecycle.

Williams has over 20 years of experience as a government and industry practitioner. He is the CTO of Anakam Identity Services - the identity product line of Equifax, leading the technical marketing of identity management solutions.

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