States wanting a long-term vision for state-based identity, credential and access management efforts face many challenges. To help address some of the challenges, the National Association of State CIOs released the, “State Identity Credential and Access Management Guidance and Roadmap”.
The State Identity Credential and Access Management (SICAM) Guidance and Roadmap is made up of the programs, processes, technologies and personnel used to create a trusted digital identity environment. This guidance promotes a federated approach where the identification of the information requester and supplier are guaranteed.
The SICAM architecture aims to enable states and their partners to share and audit identification, authentication and authorization across state enterprise boundaries. Using an enterprise approach can reduce administrative and technological overhead caused by siloed, incompatible and un-auditable identity management systems, lead to improved business processes and efficiencies and reduce cyber security risks.
The document aims to mirror the Federal Identity Credential and Access Management guidance, or FICAM, used by federal agencies. NASCIO has been working on this document and contemplating ways to issue one identity to citizens that could be used for multiple purposes, such as driver license, Medicaid and other purposes.
The report is available for download on NASCIO’s website here.