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BSI developing new standard for enhanced identity and authentication online

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The British Standards Institution (BSI) has started work on developing a new standard for enhanced identity and authentication online, according to a report in Government Computing.

The BSI is working with the MIDAS Alliance on PAS 499. PAS 499, which advocates believe could be developed in as little as nine months, gives recommendations for identity, validation, verification and authentication for online transactions and services. It covers privacy enhancing technologies (PET), personally identifiable information (PII), enrolment at different levels of assurance, strong authentication, anonymity and anti-money laundering (AML), liability, device identification, mutual authentication, and biometrics. .

According to BSI, a PAS is a document that standardizes elements of a product, service or process. PASs are usually commissioned by industry leaders – be they individual companies SMEs, trade associations or government departments. Commissioning a PAS puts you in the driving seat for setting the agenda in your sector, helping you work with regulators, set an agreed level of good practice or quality or establish trust in an innovative product or service.

BSI has said the initiative has been launched in the context of EU legislation including the Electronic Identity Authentication and Signatures Regulation and the recently passed General Data Protection Regulation, and emphasised its significance for cyber security and financial transactions, according to a report in UKAuthority.com.

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