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BYOC – Identity Policy Architecture for the Digital Economy

securekey3Earlier today I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to chair this webinar from SecureKey, on ‘BYOC’ – Bring Your Own Credentials.

With inputs from PwC and the Government of Canada, SecureKey explained how their Identity platform is enabling citizens to log on to Government e-services, via their online banking username and password.

Identity as a foundation for Digital Government – Globally

My introduction was to highlight that this is a global trend, based on open standards such as SAML and OAuth, where the USA and the UK among others are also pioneering the same principles as Canada.

Salim Hasham from PwC provides an excellent context of the surrounding Digital Government imperative, including a history of e-government to date and where online citizen services are headed.

Rita Whittle who leads the Identity program for the Government of Canada then steps through their program to date and where they envisage it headed. Rita makes the critical point that this infrastructure is central to Canada’s ambitions to become a Digital Economy leader, describing their policy governance and other key design factors that shape these online services.

Andre Boysen of SecureKey concludes with, and this leads into the key topics of our Q&A at the end, on implementation aspects. In particular the audience were keen to explore how other agencies (Provincial, Municipal) might share in this architecture approach, given other pioneers like British Columbia.

Andre explained the identity broker model their platform enables, so that apps don’t need to wire a connection for each and every identity provider,and Rita explained the beginnings of a pan-Canadian Identity credentials council for sharing best practices and credential access methods across government.

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