The need for the government to manage identity security is extremely critical within many different contexts. In addition to increasing the delivery of services, awarding of entitlements, and taxing of individuals and businesses conducted over the internet, the government is also responsible for granting or denying entry to the United States, protecting the homeland, and defending our interests overseas. Identity management and security is essential to each of these important governmental responsibilities.

The government is a key actor in identity issues that impact the lives and businesses of nearly everyone in the United States. These issues include privacy protection, cybersecurity policies, and security laws that guide the collection and use of personal identifiable information. As these attributes are required to establish and manage identities, the Center for Identity calls upon the multidisciplinary experts of The University of Texas and its partners to research such questions as:

What are the best business, policy and legal practices for identifying and protecting identity?

How are computers and networks uniquely defined and authenticated in mobile and other chaotic environments?

What are the legal, cultural, technological, and business implications of identity management and security?

How can government best serve the identity needs of its citizens, businesses, and agencies?

Our research focuses on establishing the value of identity attributes, gathering intelligence on the patterns and tactics of identity thieves, and offering dynamic solutions for identity authentication and authorization that assist citizens and visitors while reducing the negative effects of identity, fraud, and abuse.