Blockchain & Cryptocurrency , Governance & Risk Management , Identity & Access Management

Will Banks Be Custodians of Identity?

David Birch of Consult Hyperion on the Transition From Protecting Deposits to Protecting Data
David Birch, global ambassador, Consult Hyperion

Which entities will be custodians of our identities? David Birch of Consult Hyperion discusses why banks could be likely candidates for this emerging role.

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"The reason why I would trust a bank with my identity ... is not because I trust my bank; it's because I trust the banking system," Birch says. "If some social media giant screws up my identity, or it gets taken over by somebody else, or it gets undermined in some way ... who you gonna call? Whereas if it's the bank that's managing my identity and something goes wrong, they have a branch I can go to and sort something out."

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Birch discusses:

  • Why banks could become custodians of identities;
  • Why identity is the "new money";
  • Why he believes the time for a shift to digital currency has arrived.

Birch is an author, adviser and commentator on digital financial services. He is global ambassador for Consult Hyperion, the secure electronic transactions consultancy that he helped to found. He's also a technology fellow at the Center for the Study of Financial Innovation, a London-based think tank, and a visiting professor at the University of Surrey Business School.


About the Author

Nick Holland

Nick Holland

Director, Banking and Payments

Holland, an experienced security analyst, has spent the last decade focusing on the intersection of digital banking, payments and security technologies. He has spoken at a variety of conferences and events, including Mobile World Congress, Money2020, Next Bank and SXSW, and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, MSNBC, NPR, Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time Magazine, The Economist and the Financial Times. He holds an MSc degree in information systems management from the University of Stirling, Scotland.




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