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BlockID by 1Kosmos: A Blockchain-powered Identity Management Solution

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

In the digital era, we all have an identity problem. According to 1Kosmos, the average person now has to manage between 250 and 300 online identities — not to mention more traditional offline identities like state identification, passports, health insurance cards, and so on. The disconnected nature of all of these different ‘identities,’ according to the company, results in a painful and repeated verification process that leads to poor and often frustrating customer experiences.

The company contends, however, that the fact that we have little control over how organizations store and use our data goes beyond bad experiences and leaves us increasingly vulnerable to everything from identity theft to privacy issues. The company has, therefore, introduced its BlockID solution to help enterprises solve this problem for their employees and customers.

The blockchain-powered solution acts as a trusted digital identify safe that enables individuals to self-enroll and verify their identity to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Identity Level of Assurance 3, or LOA 3. The solution uses a combination of biometrics, government identification verification, and other identity validation functions to help users establish LOA 3 verification. Once verified, the solution encrypts all identifying information on the company’s permission blockchain, and users can use the company’s mobile app to gain access to everything from buildings to applications.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at [email protected].

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.