Experian chooses UK authentication startup for Gov.UK Verify
To ensure that UK citizens using Gov.UK Verify have secure access to their online accounts, Experian is using distributed cryptography technology from MIRACL to deliver two-factor authentication to provide highly secure authentication to millions of UK citizens.
Experian is one of nine independent identity assurance providers supporting the government’s Gov.uk Verify identity assurance service, which is one of the government’s biggest digital projects. Verify is run by the Government Digital Service (GDS) and is intended to be the standard way for people accessing online government services to prove who they are and to log in to complete transactions.
MIRACL is a pioneer in the development of pairing-based cryptography, and its open source and commercial cryptographic libraries are used in internet of things (IoT) devices and applications from technology leaders such as Google, Microsoft, Intel, Gemalto and ARM.
MIRACL’s Distributed Trust Authority service provides an alternative to commercial certificate authorities for privacy, authentication, non-repudiation and message integrity on the internet, guaranteeing that not one entity is a single point of compromise.
The technology was developed by a renowned academic in the field of cryptography, Michael Scott. In January 2015, the company was selected to accompany prime minister David Cameron on a trip to Washington, as part of a special UK cyber security delegation to the US.
Read more about Experian and the GOV.UK Verify programme