The mission of SAFE Identity is to establish a globally interoperable Trust Framework for the healthcare industry. But how does one know if an identity from the other side of the planet can be trusted? And to what extent?
In the past, organizations that wished to use strong PKI encryption would host their organization’s public keys in a directory contained within the enterprise. This solved the problem of using strong PKI encryption for employees within the enterprise domain. However, discovering public keys hosted in a partner’s directory as part of a different domain remained a major inhibitor for secure encrypted collaboration between organizations. SGED solves this problem.
SGED offers a central, global repository of all SAFE certified encryption certificates. It provides a seamless integration with Microsoft Outlook, making it easy and convenient for email senders to always choose the most current and valid recipient certificate when sending encrypted emails inside and outside their enterprise. SGED automatically gets updated whenever a certificate is issued by a SAFE Bridge CA Member.
When using SGED via the Outlook plugin, the sender and receiver can rest assured that the email comes from the person they claim to be, and that its contents are encrypted and can only be decrypted by the intended recipient using his/her most recent certificate every time.
Strong identity plays a very important role when exchanging intellectual property or other sensitive information with partners. Many organizations choose to encrypt data to protect against unauthorized disclosure to someone who captured the information in transit or at rest. What is often overlooked is the risk of encrypting sensitive data to the wrong individual to start with. You must know the identity of the individual you wish to encrypt to with a high degree of confidence, otherwise, you risk encrypting data to someone who should not have access.
SGED utilizes PKI and other technologies to provide high assurance identity verification and strong encryption. This effectively mitigates many of the risks associated with intellectual property or sensitive information loss and disclosure.
The best way to protect this sensitive data is to encrypt it from end-to-end. In other words when the data is at rest in your network systems, it is stored encrypted. It gets decrypted only when authorized users have the proper keys to access it allowing the data to remain protected regardless of the network it’s transmitted over or the environment it’s hosted in.
SGED makes end-to-end encryption, a security posture that is otherwise difficult to attain, an intuitive means of conducting business.
The integrity of digital credentials varies widely from one provider to the next. Figuring out who to trust, why to trust them and how their security aligns with your needs can be a challenge. This makes trust hard.
The SAFE Identity Trust Framework, carefully cultivated over 15 years, can make trust much easier. The Trust Framework defines the policies and standards necessary to use secure and interoperable digital credentials that meet your needs. Issuers certified by SAFE are compliant with these policies and standards, ensuring this same security and interoperability across the ecosystem – and making trust a lot simpler for you.
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