Civic partners with Rivetz to integrate blockchain ID with secure hardware

Civic, the secure digital identity data platform powered by blockchain today announced a new partnership with Rivetz, a developer of decentralized mobile security solutions. Civic and Rivetz will collaborate on digital identity and mobile security solutions that incorporate added hardware protections.

By integrating the Civic app with Rivetz hardware protections, identity information stored locally on the Civic app will be protected by an additional layer of hardware security. The goal is to bring more secure identity verification to global telecom networks and mobile device manufacturers.

“As blockchain technology is changing the way companies approach security and privacy, Rivetz shares our sentiment about the importance of protecting privacy without collecting data. Rivetz security technology will perfectly complement the Civic app to make a secure, trusted digital identity more accessible for people around the world.”

Vinny Lingham, CEO and Co-Founder of Civic

Civic is a personal identity verification protocol that leverages distributed ledger technology to better manage digital identities. Civic’s network is built on Ethereum’s blockchain and is comprised of users, validators, and service providers. Users are those who, yes, use the service to verify their identity. Validators actually verify the identity and then sell the validation to service providers for Civic’s CVC token.

The Ethereum blockchain’s immutable ledger is perfect for storing sensitive facts such as identity verification. Rivetz secures the endpoints by tying individuals’ identity verification with their personal phone’s TEE. Using trusted hardware to store secrets creates another level of security to make it simple and secure for users to use Civic’s app.

Combining the power of security-focused hardware with blockchain powered identity

With a secure, trusted digital identity that people can share on-demand, Civic is evolving the way people prove who they are. This integration will bring the best of digital identity and mobile security solutions together to execute on the partnerships’ long-term vision of creating build-in identity solutions for telecom networks and mobile device manufacturers that leverage Rivetz’ hardware technology.

Identity is one of the most complex issues that individuals and organizations face in the increasingly digital world. Data breaches are escalating: Equifax was considered one of the worst corporate breaches, compromising 147 million social security numbers.

Identity theft reached an all-time high in 2017 with 16.7 million victims. The ability to prove or verify identity is essential to the global economy, and with security and privacy concerns at an all-time high, the tools to control and protect personal information are more critical than ever to maintain trust.

“In an era of high-profile data breaches, identity information is progressively vulnerable to security threats. We’re looking forward to our partnership with Civic to explore solutions that leverage the best of blockchain-based identity and mobile security to create a safer, private user experience that will benefit our telecom partners users across the globe.”

Steven Sprague, CEO and Founder of Rivetz

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