In a report on cybersecurity policy issued in May, the White House said that creating "an identity management vision that addresses privacy and civil liberties" would be an action item in the President's cybersecurity strategy. Over the long term, the government might implement an an "array" of opt-in, interoperable identity management systems for the public, according to the report.
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra is spearheading an effort to update
agency-reporting requirements under the Federal Information Security
Management Act and to streamline the process by replacing spreadsheets
with an online database.
OASIS members have approved Identity Metasystem Interoperability (IMI) version 1.0 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification. IMI is best known as the technical protocol that enables Information Cards, a new way for people to register, login, and share information with websites without needing a new username and password for each site.
IMI was advanced by representatives of IBM, Microsoft, CA, EMC, Novell, and others.
A group co-funded by the European Union will use as the core protocol for an identity system designed to integrate member states, but the group is still investigating if can provide some future benefit.
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean intelligence officials believe North
Korea or pro-Pyongyang forces committed cyber attacks that paralyzed
major South Korean and U.S. government Web sites, aides to two
lawmakers said Wednesday.