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Christopher Krebs: CISA Plans to Cease Use of Social Security Numbers as Identification

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Christopher Krebs
Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said CISA plans to put an end to using Social Security numbers as identification to help address security concerns facing citizens, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

“What are the things we can do down the road to help ensure that we have a more secure identity? Move away from the Social Security number as an identification element,” he said Tuesday during a keynote interview at the RSA cybersecurity conference.

The Department of Homeland Security’s CISA is collaborating with industry executives from a presidential advisory committee that released the 2018 moonshot report, which cites the need for a shift in identity paradigm and seeks to advance internet security.

“We work with a range of partners, including the President’s National Security and Telecommunications Advisory [Committee] to look at what are alternative identity management opportunities,” Krebs said.