The Better Identity Coalition is an organization focused on developing and advancing consensus-driven, cross-sector policy solutions that promote the development and adoption of better solutions for identity verification and authentication.
The coalition was launched in February 2018 as an initiative of the Center for Cybersecurity Policy & Law, a non-profit dedicated to promoting education and collaboration with policymakers on policies related to cybersecurity.
In July 2018, the coalition released Better Identity in America: A Blueprint for Policymakers, a report that outlines a comprehensive policy agenda for improving the privacy and security of digital identity solutions. The report highlights five key initiatives:
Prioritize the development of next-generation remote identity proofing and verification systems.
Change the way Americans use the Social Security Number.
Promote and prioritize the use of strong authentication.
Pursue international coordination and harmonization of identity standards.
Educate consumers and businesses about better digital identity solutions.
In 2019, the Better Identity Coalition will focus on the following priorities:
Engaging with government to identify where the coalition’s input can be most timely and impactful
Outlining the challenges with “first-generation” identity verification and authentication tools
Identifying regulatory, policy, or technical barriers that inhibit companies or government from improving these tools
Developing new policies and initiatives that can help both government and industry deliver next-generation identity solutions that are not only more secure, but also better for privacy and customer experiences
Founding members of the Better Identity Coalition are recognized leaders from different sectors of the economy, encompassing firms in financial services, health care, technology, telecommunications, fintech, payments, and security.
Jeremy Grant, Coordinator
Mr. Grant established and led the National Program Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) and served as Senior Executive Advisor for Identity Management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In that role, he led the White House’s initiative for government and the private sector to partner to catalyze a marketplace of more secure, easy-to-use, privacy-enhancing identity solutions for online services. He is currently Managing Director of Technology Business Strategy for Venable LLP.