US Government Plans New ID to Combat Cyber Theft

The US government has today published a new strategy for improving the security of online transactions.

The latest addition will build upon the Cyberspace Policy Review, commissioned by President Barack Obama, which analysed the government's ICT infrastructure defensive capabilities.

The strategy proposes a new protocol to allow people to use different methods to verify their identity before carrying out transactions online. This will include buying items online and accessing sensitive information for example, banking details.

Howard Schmidt, the White House cybersecurity co-ordinator has expressed concerns aboutthe implications of creating such a system

He says that this proposed action will require creating an "identity ecosystem" as a strategy such as this cannot exist in isolation. Setting something like this into motion he said, would require extensive financial backing from somewhere.

The US government has announced plans to establish the multi-purpose identification system following statistics revealing growing online fraud and intellectual property theft estimated at $1,000bn a year.

Stakeholders have been told that they have three weeks to respond to the newly-published National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.

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