13 April 2017

Digital identity

What is digital identity?

Unlike the physical identity that is unique, we use different digital identities because each of them is linked to a particular service. In the case of social networks, some even use several identities for the same service in order to segment their communication. The problem is that each identity induces a unique process of authentication, making management of these different “avatars” rather binding. Of course, the unique password used in all cases may lower the burden but creates a security hole that everyone can now understand: if the key is broken, all of the safes are accessible. Moreover, this does not relieve the need to authenticate with each service.

The federation of identities or the Single Sign On (SSO) solutions aim at grouping these different identities. On the other hand, they require the implementation of infrastructures and / or services that are deployed mainly in a professional context for the following reasons: they require significant investments and are limited to fairly controlled environments (company, administrations, hospitals). In the Consumer segment, GAFA, service operators, or Telecom operators naturally try to jump on-board and offer identity federation services through social networks for the former and subscriptions for the latter.

What services?

Our expertise focuses on electronic signature and strong authentication when we talk about digital identity. We are only interested in payment when it is implemented in “closed loop” mode, that is to say, operated in a controlled environment and without the intervention of the banks (so-called “private” payment), in particular by it’s often combined with services offered by multi-service badges.