Blockchain used for strong identity and authentication

Issue 3 2021 Access Control & Identity Management

1Kosmos, a standards-based platform that uses advanced biometrics and a private blockchain to create an indisputable, reusable digital identity for strong and continuous authentication, announced its BlockID platform has been approved by the Kantara Initiative as a full service, conformant with NIST SP 800-63 revision 3 Class of Approval at IAL2 and AAL2.

1Kosmos BlockID is a distributed digital identity platform that performs strong, verified identity-based authentication by easily integrating with existing operating systems, applications, and IT security infrastructure. With BlockID Workforce, BlockID Verify and BlockID Customers, 1Kosmos provides advanced identity and authentication services for the entire security ecosystem.

The Kantara Initiative is a global community commons whose mission is to grow the trustworthy use of identity and personal data in pursuit of an equitable and transparent exchange of identity and personal data for mutual value.

“COVID-19 forced businesses to accelerate digital transformation of goods and services virtually overnight. Many faced this as an existential crisis,” says Hemen Vimadalal, founder and CEO of 1Kosmos. “With 1Kosmos certified by both Kantara and FIDO, we help identify, acquire and retain legitimate customers to weed out fraudsters with the least amount of friction. This helps make consumption of these services enjoyable for users.”

As the newest approved full-service credential service provider, 1Kosmos subjected its service to Kantara’s third-party assessment against the requirements detailed in NIST SP 800-63-3 digital identity guidelines and Kantara criteria that address the enterprise’s bona fides and the applicable information security management practices.

“There’s unprecedented demand for services such as 1Kosmos BlockID brought about by recent global events,” said Colin Wallis, Kantara’s executive director. “Most of those customers – in particular, public sector customers – are very discerning on what they procure, with third-party conformity assessment, approval and certification more broadly to meet government authentication, fraud prevention and privacy requirements embedded into purchasing policy.”

The growth in services approved by Kantara reflects increased international market demand for independently ‘Trust Marked’ services, providing business and public sector customers with confidence that the identity solutions they procure have been assessed and found conformant to a set of Kantara-defined criteria specific to the global de facto NIST SP 800-63-3 and ISO standards.

To learn more about 1Kosmos BlockID platform visit

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