Identity and Security Quotes

Each weekend I’ll put together a set of quotes on identity, security and privacy.

So why do we care so much about identity? 

“Why is identity so important?  Identity forms the basis for authorization and trust.” — From the NIST draft publication 800-103: “An Ontology of Identity Credentials”

In the early days, our neighbours to the south had some strong feelings about balancing security and feedom: 

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” — Benjamin Franklin

And here’s a good one — recall the massive loss of data in the UK last year?  Some frank comments:

“Let us be clear about the scale of this catastrophic mistake—the names, the addresses and the dates of birth of every child in the country are sitting on two computer discs that are apparently lost in the post, and the bank account details and National Insurance numbers of 10 million parents, guardians and carers have gone missing” — Opposition MP and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ Shadow Chancellor George Osborne

Ouch.

Mike

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