About the Center for Identity

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The University of Texas at Austin established the Center for Identity to serve as a center of excellence for identity management, privacy, and security. The Center research and education programs are delivering new and innovative advances to anticipate and mitigate current and future identity threats. Serving as a state and national treasure, the Center meets a wide range of needs for research, best practices, applications, and education while offering leadership, vision, and solutions for now and well into the future.

The mission of the Center is to deliver the highest-quality discoveries, applications, education, and outreach for excellence in identity management, privacy, and security. The Center fullfils its mission by:

  • Leading the world in forecasting threats and delivering best practices and solutions that uniquely define and protect identity in physical and online environments
  • Educating students, government, businesses, and the public concerning threats, best practices and solutions for identity management, security and privacy for individuals and organizations.
  • Working as a community leader and service provider by researching problems that affect people everywhere, making The University of Texas a “go to” resource for managing and protecting personal identifiable information (PII) and anticipating and mitigating identity threats.
  • Partnering with the corporations, state government, federal government, and law enforcement to understand today’s challenges and deliver tomorrow’s solutions.


Research solutions require collaborations from multiple viewpoints—information, law, policy, business, technology, communications, and social sciences—all of which are areas of academic excellence at The University of Texas at Austin. Accordingly, the Center leverages the depth and breadth of expertise throughout the university to conduct basic and applied research that directly addresses identity management, security and privacy challenges across the spectrum.

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What is IDWise?

Funded by a partnership with the Texas Legislature, and powered by the Center for Identity, IDWise is a resource center for the public on identity theft, fraud, and privacy. IDWise offers clear and accessible resources to empower citizens—both online and offline—to be better informed and make smarter choices to protect their personal information.

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