Deloitte, Attest Partner To Bring Blockchain Identity Management Solutions To Government Market

Blockchain, News | November 6, 2018 By:

Consulting and accounting firm Deloitte has partnered with Chicago-based startup Attest to help government clients solve digital identity challenges.

Attest is an identity management company that enables consumers, businesses and governments to securely transact on a shared identity platform. The company allows governments to offer a convenient and secure identity service to citizens at no or with low costs. It also allows consumers to regain control of their digital footprint and unlock the value of their personal data, and businesses to extend “government-grade trust” to all transactions with consumers.

Deloitte will be working with Attest to assist government clients with digital identity solutions to help solve for a host of government challenges. The two companies will develop government-compliant identifiers that can be used by Deloitte’s clients based on Attest’s existing products – Attest Wallet and Attest Enterprise.

Cab Morris, co-founder and CEO of Attest, said that identity is foundational to nearly every government service and is the basis for trust and legitimacy in the public sector.

“Combining government’s robust identity verification infrastructure with a platform engineered for security, privacy and scale can also unlock tremendous value for both citizens and businesses outside of government,” Morris said. “A government-issued digital identity has the potential to reduce costs and risk for businesses in all industries, while also providing citizens with greater security, privacy and control over personal data.”

Attest said that its wallet service will provide users unparalleled agency, privacy and security when sharing verified personal data with governments and businesses. While Attest Enterprise will provide governments and businesses a complete set of “powerful” authentication, authorization and consent management tools that can be integrated into any system with two simple APIs.

Wendy Henry, managing director of Deloitte Consulting LLP and Deloitte’s government and public services blockchain leader, said that the partnership will enable them to help government clients offer solutions using digital identities that better accommodate the needs government has across that wide expanse of abilities.

“While many companies are looking at using a personal wallet in which the individual has control of their digital identity credential, government must serve the whole of citizens, including those who may not be able to accept the control of their identity credential in a digital form,” Henry said.

According to Deloitte, blockchain offers government organizations an opportunity for true collaboration and transformation. It expects early adopters to see the benefits sooner than most, while establishing themselves as leaders in areas that are likely to grow in importance over time.

“Blockchain requires a digital credential and in government, requiring a digital credential gets complicated pretty quickly,” said Marc Mancher, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and government and public services practice’s automation service business leader. “Attest brings a set of solutions to help address this issue of digital credentials, making the use of solutions that require that digital identity more appealing technology for government clients.”