Monthly Archives: September 2021

DIACC Inaugural Research Academia Forum: Proof of Vaccination Credentials

In support of DIACC’s five year strategy we are thrilled to host a topical series of DIACC Research and Academia Forums. DIACC’s Research and Academia Forums expand the digital identity conversation beyond digital identity professionals and toward inclusivity of diverse beneficiaries of digital identity capabilities. 

Our inaugural event will focus on Proof of Vaccination Credentials in public health, identity attributes, and global contexts.
Stay tuned for more information regarding the event date and our exciting guest speakers and panelists…

Abstract: As post-secondary academic institutions prioritize the needs of the new and returning students and faculty, public health must be addressed in light of the COVID pandemic. The inevitable scramble of proof of vaccines mandates and policies is here. Academic institutions are no strangers to the need to verify the vaccination status of local and international students and yet the COVID pandemic is driving more urgency and more confusion regarding the technology and processes to validate a vaccine proof credential that may be issued locally or internationally. Technology interoperability and policy harmonization is currently a tangle of solutions and approaches. Collaboration is the key to ensuring the safest possible environment for students and faculty. 

Why Attend: This panel will share experience-based insights regarding the challenges and the opportunities to ensure safe learning and workspaces for all. Share your perspectives regarding specific use cases, opportunities, and challenges for the path forward.

Learn More: Please contact events@diacc.ca if you are interested to join this event or to collaborate with DIACC to curate a future Research and Academia Forum. 

The Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada and Prompt announce a partnership

The Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada and Prompt announce a partnership to support Quebec companies’ cyber-resiliency

September 21, 2021 – The Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) and Prompt are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership that will improve the cyber-resiliency of Quebec companies. 

The partnership will promote to Quebec based entities the importance of cybersecurity and digital identity as well as supporting the cost inherent to the development of their cybersecurity solution and / or the cost inherent to obtain relevant cybersecurity certification, trustmarks and standards.   

Through this partnership a process will be set to enable Quebec based entities to apply for reimbursement of 50% percent of the trustmark assessment costs associated with Pan-Canadian Trust Framework (PCTF) verification through DIACC’s Voilà Verified PCTF Trustmark verification program through stream 2 of Prompt’s Quebec Cybersecurity Innovation Program (QCIP). DIACC will be the entry point for those applications and will recommend to QCIP the most qualified projects for funding. Prompt and DIACC will also work together to raise awareness and drive the identification of new R&D projects that have the opportunity to apply for funding through stream 1 of Prompt’s QCIP.

The Voilà Verified program sets auditable process based criteria at the intersection of technology and information assurance. Entities that earn the Voilà Verified PCTF Trustmark will be better prepared for global digital economy interoperability with frameworks and standards including and not limited to the NIST 800-63 series and the European Union’s eIDAS regulation.

“Leveraging our respective organizational strengths, the DIACC and Prompt will enable Quebec based entities to meet the digital identity, cyber resilience, and digital workforce related demands of the digital economy.” said Maxime Clerk, Senior Director of QCIP, Prompt. 

“Digital identity verification of businesses and individuals plays an important role in cyber resiliency for the emergence of smart cities, smart health, and ai. We are thrilled to work together to amplify opportunities for Quebec based entities to fully benefit from the global digital economy” said Joni Brennan, President, DIACC. 

About the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) (www.diacc.ca)
The DIACC is a non-profit coalition of more than 100 public and private sector members that are committed to developing a Canadian digital identification and authentication framework to enable Canada’s full and secure participation in the global digital economy. The DIACC was created as a result of the federal government’s Task Force for the Payments System Review and members include representatives from both the federal and provincial levels of government as well as private sector leaders.

About Prompt (www.promptinnov.com)
Prompt’s mission and objectives are to stimulate university-industry Research and Development (R&D) partnerships that increase the competitiveness between Quebec companies of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) industry. Prompt is active throughout the ICT sector, from hardware to software, as well as in components, networks and applications. This makes it possible for Prompt to build critical masses of projects within specific vertical markets (i.e.: health, security, transport, etc.) upon which industrial value chains increasingly rely.

For more information:

Krista Pawley 

Krista@ImperativeImpact.com

416-270-9987

DIACC Project Coordinator (Bilingual)

Open date: September 23, 2021

Closing date: October 29, 2021

DIACC is seeking a highly motivated English and French bilingual Project Coordinator to support projects, meetings, events, community engagement, project plans, and action tracking. The Project Coordinator will work in collaboration with DIACC community partners and stakeholders, report to the DIACC Senior Program Manager, and will work closely with the DIACC French markets lead. 

Digital Identity is at the forefront of innovation and digital transformation and the Project Coordinator is ideally a person who is passionate about enabling technology that works for the benefit of society. 

This is a 30-40 hour a week position with compensation based on commensurate experience. 

Please submit your resume and CV to info@diacc.ca with “Application: DIACC Bilingual Project Coordinator” in the subject line.

Thank you.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordination of assigned groups, meetings, projects, events, and other related requirements. 
  • Coordination of community partners and stakeholders related to assigned projects.
  • Monitor and report on project progress (e.g., minutes of meeting, evaluation/feedback notes, focus group transcripts, etc.).
  • Communication of any project concerns to the DIACC team.
  • Support the Senior Program Manager and French market lead to ensure projects are delivered on time, within scope, and within budget.
  • Provides assistance in the evaluation and prioritization of projects.
  • Keep teams updated regarding deliverables and timelines.

Qualifications:

  • University or college degree, or a minimum of three years of subject matter relevant project coordination experience.
  • Minimum 2 years working in a non-profit organization or other sectors preferred.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills, with the ability to multitask and coordinate projects with tight timelines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills in French and English.
  • Ability to work effectively and unsupervised in a wide range of settings with people from diverse backgrounds, including clients and co-workers.
  • Knowledge of concepts, approaches, and practices related to digital identity is a plus.
  • Experience working with the innovation ecosystem and digital media is considered an asset.
  • Works well independently in team-oriented, remote, and collaborative environments.
  • Strong computer skills utilizing Microsoft Office and G Suite required; advanced level of proficiency. 
  • Ability to interact professionally with multiple stakeholders and partners from the public and private sectors. 
  • Bilingual (English and French reading and writing) is required 

Spotlight on Regula Forensics

1. What is the mission and vision of Regula?

With 29 years of experience, Regula has the largest ID document template database (9800+), supports over 138+ languages, in addition to supporting documents from over 248+ countries and territories.

Regula develops and improves solutions for the identity verification market. We strive to provide our customers with the best possible level of security and ensure that they benefit from superior protection features.

2. Why is trustworthy digital identity critical for existing and emerging markets?

The existing and emerging markets are growing fast. New banks, new currencies, new technologies are all rapidly reshaping the customer’s expectations. A trustworthy digital identity that ensures the best possible level of security is crucial to retaining customers and growing businesses in this fast-paced industry.

3. How will digital identity transform the Canadian and global economy? How does your organization address challenges associated with this transformation?

Millions of people trust the Governmental Security Organizations every day for their safety and well-being. It’s essential that these authorities have the highest level of security and service possible. Regula can empower the digital identity transformations and help the Canadian and global economy in a mission to protect and serve citizens.

4. What role does Canada have to play as a leader in this space?

The heart of digital identity and trust services is community. Being a leader, it’s vital for Canada to give the community the confidence to flourish and grow.

5. Why did your organization join the DIACC?

Having the best ID verification technology on the market and being compliant with data processing regulations is something that we take as a must and therefore, Regula joined DIACC to assist in delivering secure, remote, frictionless ID verification services for users across industries.

6. What else should we know about your organization?

Regula Face SDK delivers secure (fully on-premises), frictionless online biometric verification regardless of the device used. Face matching allows you to compare a face biometric scan (selfie) with the photo on the ID or even a photo from the RFID (if combined with Document Reader SDK). Moreover, a liveness check becomes another security check available for the user. Such an easy step for a legitimate customer helps assure that the person holding the ID is the one on it as well as help confirm genuine presence.

Integration happens like plug and play. Together with that you get the solution that is compliant with the regulations, runs on all devices and platforms as well as reduces operational costs. Face SDK can be used in a variety of industries for different use cases including automated check-in in air travel, or onboarding in fintech. Regardless of the industry or use case software runs on the end-user device delivering the highest level of security.

Be a Digital ID Champion

Canadian leaders must prioritize and champion digital ID to unlock capabilities for social inclusion and economic recovery

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2021 — More than 100 financial institutions, telcos, technology companies, consulting companies, SMEs, academic partners, international organizations, and nonprofits have declared they are digital ID champions in a campaign by the Digital Identification and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC), launched today. The DIACC calls on all political parties and private sector leaders to prioritize digital ID to unlock the digital economy as a critical path forward to pandemic recovery.

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated the pace at which Canada is shifting online. Many things we used to do ‘in person’ — from grocery shopping to medical appointments — we now do without ever leaving our home. At the same time, a global army of hackers are working to exploit online security vulnerabilities to access sensitive personal information.

“Canadians need digital ID credentials that  empower them to use digital capabilities, while knowing their personal information is respected and secured,” says DIACC president Joni Brennan. “Technology alone can’t solve today’s challenges. Digital ID that works for everyone must  be a public policy priority. Canadians want their governments to work with stakeholders to unlock digital ID multi-use credentials that protect their personal privacy while accelerating economic recovery.”

Now more than ever Canada needs Digital ID Champions. Digital ID Champions:

  • Promote digital ID to accelerate economic recovery and secure equitable social inclusion.
  • Work with DIACC and others to establish privacy-protecting digital ID that empowers individuals, businesses, the public sector and civil society.

Digital ID has foundational importance for every Canadian and every political party.  

The Liberal Party platform’s proposed “digital policy task force” ” would strongly benefit from secure, privacy-respecting, and citizen empowering digital identity if it wants “to position Canada as a leader in the digital economy and shape global governance of emerging technologies, including with respect to data and privacy rights, taxation, online violent extremism, the ethical use of new technologies, and the future of work.” 

The Conservative platform acknowledges the need for Canadians to understand how their data is being used. Digital ID provides a tool for making this possible. As the platform notes, “Digital data privacy is a fundamental right that urgently requires strengthened protection through legislation and enforcement. Canadians must have the right to understand and control the collection, use, monitoring, retention, and disclosure of their personal data.”

The NDP’s promise to include a digital bill of privacy rights in its platform will gain much needed utility from a citizen empowering digital ID ecosystem . 

The Bloc’s platform commitment “to improve support for the digital transition of businesses to enable a local, inclusive, and secure economy,” is also important in both a local and global digital economy. Digital ID can help Quebec and other communities to enable business transformation while enabling capabilities to verify the authenticity of Quebec existing and emerging cultural IP.

For these commitments to be implemented effectively, a strong and secure digital ID ecosystem must urgently be established. Creating a digital identity ecosystem now, supported by a pan-Canadian Trust Framework, will enable an effective transition to secure Canada’s full and beneficial participation in the digital economy, whether it’s introducing digital vaccine proofs, receiving government benefits, updating an immigration status, entering the workforce and more. 

“Digital ID is the key to effective economic recovery that will grow social inclusion and equity,” says Brennan. “We urge all Canadian leaders to be champions for digital ID by working with the DIACC and others to ensure social inclusion and accelerate economic recovery through secure and privacy protecting digital ID that empowers individuals, businesses, the public sector and civil society.”

For more information on becoming a digital ID champion, please visit: https://diacc.ca/champion/  

About DIACC

The DIACC (Digital Identification and Authentication Council of Canada) is a non-profit coalition of more than 110 leading public and private sector organizations that are  committed to developing a Canadian framework for digital identification and authentication. Our member organizations range from small 1-5 person shops to large multinational corporations with over 15,000 employees. We advocate for an inclusive, equitable, and privacy-enhancing digital ID strategy that works for all Canadians.

For more information

Krista Pawley 

Krista@ImperativeImpact.com

416-270-9987

Spotlight on Credivera

1. What is the mission and vision of Credivera?

Mission: To bridge the way the world manages personal and professional credentials. We make people’s lives easier, safer, and more productive by seamlessly connecting trustworthy information to where it needs to go.

Vision: Transform the way we provide proof of people, products, and processes.

2. Why is trustworthy digital identity critical for existing and emerging markets?

A global economy requires a shared, trusted framework for understanding that the information we are receiving is true, untampered, and current.

As we look at traditional industries, we see an urgent need to securely share information about an individual that respects both their personal data and the information required for operating a compliant organization.

As these markets interconnect, the skills of a workforce may be hybrid, remote or highly accessible but fundamentally still require a capacity to analyze, assess, and deploy talent associated with an identity based upon their current status.

Digital ID transitions the way we validate skills from subjective to objective, placing an emphasis on the work and removing stereotypes and bias limiting the advancements of new markets.

3. How will digital identity transform the Canadian and global economy? How does your organization address challenges associated with this transformation?

Digital identity will create a common language and roadmap for securely sharing important personal information that honours the individual being in control of their identity. As their identity expands to involve personal and career credentials, the nature of work and repositioning of talent globally becomes a reality.

Canada will be able to attract the talent our industries require, share expertise in emerging geographies, and remove blockages in the way current economic systems operate that require verified identification in a manual way.

Credivera is developing an open, standards-based identity platform that provides proof of certifications and work experience using verified digital credentials. As we build a digital ecosystem of businesses, issuers, and individuals, we are supporting industries to adopt new ways to capacity plan, manage compliance, and identify opportunities for new career and skill development.

4. What role does Canada have to play as a leader in this space?

Canada can be agile and advocate for creating and mandating a shared standard of digital identity among world leaders. Through fundamental systems that enable both public and private trust services people, markets, and personal data can flow faster and more securely.

5. Why did your organization join the DIACC?

As a participant in emerging advancements in digital identity for the government, Credivera learned of the Pan Canadian Trust framework and aligned with DIACC’s initiatives. As a member, we are excited to share knowledge and assist in creating the future of digital identity together.

6. What else should we know about your organization?

Credivera is currently working with the Government of Canada on User Centric Verifiable Credentials, supporting the interoperability of foundational identity documents and will be found on the Microsoft Marketplace in the coming months for their digital Wallet.