darkReading reports that “the White House has outlined a national strategy for trusted digital identities that could ultimately eliminate the username-and-password model and lay the groundwork for a nationwide federated identity infrastructure. …Howard Schmidt, cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to the president, unveiled the administration’s strategy for what he called an identity “ecosystem” for users and organizations to conduct online transactions securely and privately such that identities of all parties are trusted.
“For example, no longer should individuals have to remember an ever-expanding and potentially insecure list of usernames and passwords to login into various online services. Through the strategy we seek to enable a future where individuals can voluntarily choose to obtain a secure, interoperable, and privacy-enhancing credential (e.g., a smart identity card, a digital certificate on their cell phone, etc) from a variety of service providers — both public and private — to authenticate themselves online for different types of transactions (e.g., online banking, accessing electronic health records, sending email, etc.),” Schmidt blogged late last week.”