Decentralized Digital Identity: a new paradigm

VU Security, a cybersecurity company focused on fraud prevention and identity protection, announced that Microsoft Azure Directory customers, starting in April, will gain access to confirm their digital identity information in a matter of minutes without collecting data. personal. The decentralized digital identity feature is an innovation that promises to completely restructure the current paradigm, providing users with ownership and control of their digital identity.

Today, people use their digital identity permanently: at work, at home and in all the applications, devices and services with which they interact on a daily basis. However, until now, personal data was not owned by the person, but was controlled and belonged to a third party, be it a company or organization.

Decentralized Identity is the core of the verifiable credentials of Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), which is based on the idea that the digital identity belongs to the citizen and, therefore, it is he who decides who or where he wants. Give access to your data through verifiable credentials that you carry on your mobile device.

It is a function with global impact that modifies the digital identity ecosystem and empowers citizens. It is no longer a bank, a hospital or a server that has authority and identity control, but the user himself is the owner of his data”, says Sebastián Stranieri, CEO of VU, a leader in the solution provider industry. Of identity. verification and chosen by Microsoft to participate in the public advancement of the new function, strengthening the definition of standards and verifiability.

The new identity model is based on blockchain technology, in which users have control of the management of the permissions to use their data, so it is safer than relying on centralized systems for its management and works through different credentials that belong to the user. When creating an account -be it work, academic, etc.-, the user obtains a credential that is associated with the set of data that was part of the registration process and that is inserted into the blockchain. Using technology developed by VU, the user scans an ID and takes a selfie to generate verifiable credentials in the Microsoft Authenticator application, which they will then use to prove their identity to different organizations.

The new solution enables organizations to verify a wide variety of attributes, such as electronic documents and data, while giving people greater control over access to their information.

Decentralized identity acquires greater relevance in the current context due to its universality. In other words, the opportunity it provides to multiple organizations and governments around the world to share the same technological language, which in turn allows simplifying operations and bringing citizens closer to government agencies. This can be particularly important when it comes to health passports or vaccination certificates. Also, when the debate around the world about data protection and privacy deepens.

"Our vision is to provide the platform for a digital identity where people have more control over the information they share and can restrict access if necessary, "said Sue Bohn, director of program management partners, Microsoft's identity division. Corp. " Collaborating with VU enables companies to verify information at scale, while ensuring that users have greater control over their personal information."

Since 2016, VU has worked with Microsoft to deliver solutions that help businesses and governments become more competitive while protecting digital identity, reducing transactional risk, improving the user experience, and preventing fraud.

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