Identity Ecosystem

The Center for Identity is developing computational cradle-to-grave "maps" of identity for people, organizations, and devices. These Identity Maps will provide a foundation for defining the physics* of the Identity Ecosystem at both the macro-level and micro-level, enabling:

The assignment of risk levels and locations (entry points) within the Identity Ecosystem

  • The description of types and evolutions of threats
  • An understanding of potential value impacts associated with the risks to financial security, personal security, and national security

* The term "physics" is used to emphasize the Center's hypothesis that the Identity Ecosystem's elements exhibit dynamic interactions which can be clearly identified as well as mathematically described and verified. The Center proposes that the resulting observations can be used to gain a deeper understanding of the basic nature of digital identities. The statistically predictive insights and solutions reached will support significantly improved approaches to identity management, fraud protection, and trust management in cyberspace.

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