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Joint Coordination Activity for Identity Management (JCA-IdM)


The establishment of JCA-IdM (Joint Coordination Activity for Identity Management) was approved by TSAG in December 2007. At its first meeting of the 2017-2020 study period (Geneva, 1-4 May 2017), TSAG agreed to the continuation of the JCA-IdM with updated terms of reference.

The membership of the JCA-IdM is composed of representatives from the ITU study groups and invited representatives from recognized IdM external SDOs, consortia and forums. The JCA-IdM will report its progress to ITU-T SG17.

Scope of identity management

For ITU-T purposes, the identity asserted by an entity represents the uniqueness of that entity in a specific context and is not intended to indicate positive validation of a person. Identity management (IdM) is the process of secure management of identity information (e.g., credentials, identifiers, attributes, and reputations). IdM is a complex technology that includes: establishing, modifying, suspending, archiving or terminating identity information; recognizing partial identities that represent entities in a specific context or role; establishing and assessing trust between entities; and the discovery (location) of an entity’s identity information (e.g., authoritative identity provider (IdP) that is legally responsible for maintaining identifiers, credentials and some or all of the entity’s attributes.

IdM Landscape

The IdM landscape is an informative resource that organizes identity management-related documents in ITU-T and other standard organizations classified by categories, organizations and providing the status of their development (stage). The IdM roadmap has been integrated into the Security Standards Roadmap as Part 6​.