Story image

Australia Post rolls out one-stop-shop for digital ID verification

08 Aug 17

Australia Post is rolling out new digital identity services Digital iD today for Australian residents, as it aims to improve the verification process across a range of organisations and government departments.

The identity verification process used to cost the Australian economy up to $11 billion every year, according to Australia Post research. The new system aims to speed up the process and give users a quicker solution.

The system allows people to verify their identity once through an in-person meeting or through a smartphone app.

According to Australia Post, the new service means Australians no longer have to have different passwords to access products or constantly prove their identity.

Digital iD will allow Australian to access services from the Queensland Police Service, Travelex, credit union CUA and job outsourcing website Airtasker.

 “We are really excited to be partnering with these organisations. By using Digital ID these organisations will be able to easily verify their customers and importantly for customers they will be able to quickly open a bank account or request a service,” comments Australia Post executive general manager of Trusted eCommerce Services, Andrew Walduck.

Walduck believes that it also gives users more control over how their personal data is shared with organisations.

“For example, most people hand over their driver’s licence to prove they can legally go to a bar, but all that is needed is a name and birth date – not that information plus your full residential address,” he says.

So far Australia Post has integrated Digital iD in its own systems including MyPost Parcel Collect and Mail Redirection. Walduck says the company has received positive feedback from customers.

The Queensland Police Service will use Digital iD in its national police clearance certificates process, which will be launched this year.

Airtasker will allow users to obtain a digital identity badge to prove their identity, which increases trust in the service.

“With quicker verification and better control of their personal information, consumers will have much more confidence to engage with service providers in their local community. Similarly, companies and governments will have greater confidence that they know who they’re doing business with,” comments Airtasker’s chief executive, Tim Fung.

CUA will use Digital iD to verify new members who apply for certain online savings accounts; and Travelex will use it as part of its ‘Know Your Customer’ checks.

Symantec releases neural network-integrated USB scanning station
Symantec Industrial Control System Protection Neural helps defend against USB-borne cyber attacks on operational technology.
Ramping up security with next-gen firewalls
The classic firewall lacked the ability to distinguish between different kinds of web traffic.
Gartner names LogRhythm leader in SIEM solutions
Security teams increasingly need end-to-end SIEM solutions with native options for host- and network-level monitoring.
Cylance makes APIs available in endpoint detection offering
Extensive APIs enable security teams to more efficiently view, enrich, and contextualise real-time intelligence collected at the endpoint to keep systems secure.
SolarWinds adds SDN monitoring support to network management portfolio
SolarWinds announced a broad refresh to its network management portfolio, as well as key enhancements to the Orion Platform. 
JASK prepares for global rollout of their AI-powered ASOC platform
The JASK ASOC platform automates alert investigations, supposedly freeing the SOC analyst to do what machines can’t. 
Pitfalls to avoid when configuring cloud firewalls
Flexibility and granularity of security controls is good but can still represent a risk for new cloud adopters that don’t recognise some of the configuration pitfalls.
Securing hotel technology to protect customer information
Network security risks increase exponentially as hotels look to incorporate newer technologies to support a range of IoT devices, including smart door locks.