White House cyber coordinator wants Social Security number alternative

Federal Times: White House Cyber Coordinator Rob Joyce is seeking agency and department input on potential replacements for what he calls a “flawed” Social Security number system.

“I feel very strongly that the Social Security number has outlived its usefulness,” said Joyce, who spoke at the Washington Post Cyber Summit on Tuesday. “We’ve called for the departments and agencies to bring forward their ideas.”

Joyce said that he supports a public-private key system that would use public facing and changeable identifiers for less secure environments and a private and more permanent number for secure use.

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