The IDEF Registry: an open invite to commit to trusted digital identity solutions

The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) laid the groundwork for better digital identity transactions with the release of the Identity Ecosystem Framework (IDEF) – and today they’re inviting organizations to publicly put it to good use.

This morning at the Cloud Identity Summit in New Orleans, the IDESG announced the implementation of the IDEF Registry, an online listing service where ecosystem participants can report their self-assessed status against the IDEF baseline requirements. By attesting to these requirements on the Registry, organizations can showcase their commitment to providing trusted digital identity services. It’s a great way for organizations to demonstrate that they have crossed a threshold in the marketplace, addressing mature protections for consumers beyond those minimally required by law.

What’s involved for organizations in getting listed on the Registry? There are just a few steps:

  1. Determine role. Organizations determine their roles in the Identity Ecosystem, like provider of digital identity services or user of web services.
  2. Perform self-assessment. Organizations perform a self-assessment to determine full or partial compliance with the IDEF requirements.
  3. Complete the IDEF Registry form.
  4. Submit the form. The IDESG will review the form, contact the organization with any questions, and then publish the listing to the Registry.

The IDESG’s flexible self-assessment approach gives organizations a range of options to report their status in meeting each requirement. Also, the IDESG is offering the Registry as a public service — organizations can currently be listed at no charge. With free public access, the IDESG is encouraging organizations large and small to attest, showing that they see the value in trusted digital identity solutions to their businesses — and their customers.

Organizations can participate as an applicant and be listed in the Registry, or use it as a resource and browse the information that has been submitted. The listing enables individuals, businesses, and organizations to identify NSTIC-aligned service providers and more easily adopt trusted identity solutions.

Several early-adopter organizations have worked with the IDESG to develop the Registry, have already completed the self-assessment, and are listed on the Registry: DigiCert, Privacy Vaults Online (PRIVO), Tozny, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. We look forward to seeing the Registry grow and build greater trust across the Identity Ecosystem. With this exciting announcement, we’re more than ready for the IDESG plenary this week on June 8-9 in New Orleans. See you there!

Check out the IDEF Registry here.

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