Aadhaar Authentication: Securing With Tokenization
The Aadhaar data security conundrum, resulting in identity theft and data breaches attributed to the poor implementation of security, monitoring and authentication mechanisms, is a growing concern. Questions have been raised about whether the Unique Identification Authority of India's Aadhaar data repository, with information on 1.2 billion Indians, has an effective data protection framework. Given the government is mandating citizens and corporation to link Aadhaar numbers to all the key services, including bank accounts, income tax and all other services, concerns about security are growing.
To help protect data, UIDAI has introduced an additional security layer of authentication through tokenization, similar to the approach in the banking industry. Its Virtual ID and UID tokens are designed to help ensure users have unique IDs while avoiding the need to share complete 16-digit Aadhaar number.
The session addresses:
- How Virtual ID and UID tokens help ensure security;
- Whether these technologies are foolproof;
- The security architecture and encryption standards used for authentication