Australians will see an ‘alpha’ version prototype of a new, national opt-in digital identity credential for government services as early as August this year; with a fuller version likely to emerge in 2017 according to the new Head of Identity at the Digital Transformation Office (DTO).
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The need to ensure the cyber security and compliance measure are met and up to date has never been greater. As this effort picks up steam, agencies are serving their citizens via public website, web services, and citizen information portals that are critical digital channels, and hence must be secured.
Government agencies are adopting E-Government practices as mandated by the Digital Government Strategy (2013) to move agencies online and make information accessible to the U. Citizens are dramatically increasing the use of web-based and mobile channels to perform government related activities like pay taxes, apply for and renew government documents, and exchange highly sensitive data with government agencies.
Denmark has embarked on a nationwide campaign to replace physical mail with a digital post service, with both public and private organisations required to use the service starting this year.
Since November 1 this year, it has been mandatory for all Denmark's businesses to receive digital letters in secure digital mailboxes.
Recent attacks such as foreign attacks on the DNC, election manipulation and the 2015 Office of Personnel Management breach (the largest breach in government history) are prime examples of the threat facing the nation.
The government agencies themselves, as well as service providers and general contractors to the federal government and public sector are also under pressure to comply with increasingly stringent NIST regulations.
Public Services, private products The announcement of the rapid, ground-up development of a new national digital identity credential has far-reaching implications for the private sector too.