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Digital Identity in Current Networks

Digital Identity in Current Networks
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Author(s): Kumbesan Sandrasegaran (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia) and Xiaoan Huang (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 8
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch179

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Abstract

The daily activities of humans and business are increasingly depending on the usage of (digital) identity for interaction with other parties and for accessing resources. Current networks use a number of digital-identity management schemes. For example, in the public switched telephone network (PSTN), a telephone number is simply used as the digital identity of a user. Most of the digital-identity management schemes are effective only within their networks and have limited support for interoperability. In the hybrid network environment of next-generation networks (NGNs), new digital-identity management models are expected to be proposed for digitalidentity management. The rest of the chapter is focused on the introduction of digital identity, the digital-identity schemes used in current telecommunication networks, and the future trends.

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