Deloitte Partners With Start-up for Blockchain Identity Management for Govt Clients

The consulting firm will work with Attest to bring blockchain-powered digital identity solutions to government clients.

Deloitte to Offer Identity Management Product

One of the “Big Four” accounting firms, Deloitte, has partnered with Attest, an identity management company to help government customers with their identity management challenges.

The development was reported earlier by PR Newswire.

Deloitte which operates the most extensive professional services organization across the globe provides audit & assurance, consulting, risk and financial advisory, risk management, tax, and related services to its clients.

The solution from Attest enables consumers, businesses, and governments to transact on a shared identity platform.

Leveraging Attest’s Expertise

“In the blockchain pilots we’ve run with our government clients, digital identity can be a thorny issue,” said Wendy Henry, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Deloitte’s government and public services blockchain leader.

She added:

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.

“Working with Attest, we will be able to help government clients offer solutions using digital identities that better accommodate the needs government has across that wide expanse of abilities,” noted Henry.

“We are excited to work with Deloitte to bring blockchain-enabled technologies such as decentralized identifiers and verifiable credentials to government. Identity is foundational to nearly every government service and is the basis for trust and legitimacy in the public sector ” said Cab Morris, co-founder, and chief executive officer of Attest.

Morris added:

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. 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.

How the Solution Is Structured

The platform from attest consists of two products. The first, Attest Wallet, is a user-centric app that helps customers share their verified personal data with businesses and governments privately and securely.

The second, Attest Enterprise, enables governments and businesses with tools that can be integrated within existing systems using simple APIs. The tools help the customer with authorization, authentication and consent management of identity data.

“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, adding, “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.”

Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights has evaluated the potential of blockchain technology for government use and recently published an article on critical attributes required for a successful implementation.

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