Outline of a Proposal Responding to E.U. and U.S. Calls for Trustworthy Global-Scale IdM and CKM Designs
In 2007, the E.U. FP6 SecurIST called for trustworthy International identity Management (IdM) that was user-centric. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) called for trustworthy global-scale IdM and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) called for new Cryptographic Key Management (CKM) designs. In this paper the authors outline the core architecture for (apparently) the first globally scalable, post quantum secure, symmetric key based platform for provisioning IdM, key distribution/agreement and inter-enterprise CKM services. The proposal employs a decentralised trust model that exploits compartmentalisation, redundancy and diversification simultaneously across service provider, software developer, hardware vendor, class of cryptographic primitive, and protocol axis.