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Digital identity: be ready

To make Canada a leader in today’s digital and data-driven global economy, the Government of Canada has developed Canada’s Digital Charter in action: A Plan By Canadians, For Canadians. This charter is a foundation for a new digital revolution. This provides an unprecedented momentum that is boosting the digital economy in the country. In addition, the global health context sounds the urgency of this transformation.

However, it is difficult to develop a digital economy without a perfect mastery of digital identity. Indeed, the mastery and the good management of identity make it possible to build the bases of confidence and security for the citizen and in the digital ecosystem.

So, it’s no wonder that identity is one of the topics if not the hot topic in the field of information technology. The word identity is systematically used in the following areas:

  • Identity and access management
  • Citizen digital identity
  • Sovereign Identity
  • Identity federation
  • Electronic signature

Before going any further in thinking about digital identity, it would be useful to give a definition of identity.

What is an identity?

A set of attributes that make it possible to uniquely and unambiguously identify an entity in a context. And according to Julien Pierre, the treatment of these attributes allows two things: to know oneself and to be recognized.

In this definition, the notion of context is fundamental, because it seals the link between attributes of identity and the entity. In the state of the art of information systems and digital identity, the notion of domain is used to denote a context. Defining a domain makes it possible to maintain consistency of structure and organizational scope and facilitates identity management.

What is a digital identity?

Returning to digital identity, it is defined by the DIACC as A digital representation of an identity that uniquely identifies an entity in a domain and which is used by that entity to represent it when accessing a domain. protected resource.

In other words, digital identity is a subset of identity whose attributes are digitally registered in a given domain.

In addition, digital identity evolves over time as the characteristics of the entity change.

Identity management in organizations has become an important and strategic practice to build the solid and secure foundations of a digital transformation. Essentially, this practice consists of acquiring a framework and management tools for:

  • Identity establishment:
    – Domain identity information model (Identity attributes relevant to the domain)
    – Identity register (Where and how to store identity data?)
    – Creation process
    – Identity assurance levels
    – Level of assurance of supporting documents
    – Identity disposition (Destruction / Archiving)
    – Consent management
  • Identity validation:
    – Identity validation
    – Validation of consent
    – Identity deactivation / reactivation process
    – Compliance / certification.
  • Use of identity:
    – Guidelines for the use and sharing of ID attributes
    – Control of the use of identity attributes and consent

Knowing that digital identity management models have evolved rapidly in recent years; and that there is more and more talk of a citizen-centered management model. It is becoming urgent for organizations to position themselves on identity and digital identity management in their enterprise architectures.

How can In Fidem help you manage digital identities in your organization?

In Fidem is there to support you in this strategic exercise to:

  • find the best positioning in identity management in our organization;
  • allow your organization to define and build services related to identity: authentication, authorization, procurement authorization, traceability, self-service, etc;
  • give your organization the tools to link up with the digital citizen identity solutions that will be offered by the various levels of government in the country, and thus put you in a better position.

For more information contact us!

Article written by our expert Étienne Sadio.

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