White House adviser: Phase out Social Security number as ID

October 4, 2017

A cybersecurity adviser to President Donald Trump is pushing to phase out the use of Social Security numbers as a form of identification.

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce said Wednesday that using a person's Social Security number as an identifier or access control is "just a horrific idea."

Joyce says a federal team is looking at "what the technologies are that could change or replace these identifiers," such as using public key encryption.

He says there's no specific timeline to make changes.

Social Security numbers were among the data stolen during a hack of credit bureau Equifax that involved the of 145 million Americans.

Joyce was among several speaking in Boston at the Cambridge Cyber Summit, hosted by CNBC and The Aspen Institute.

Explore further: US reviewing better tech identifiers after hacks: Trump aide

Related Stories

US reviewing better tech identifiers after hacks: Trump aide

October 3, 2017

US officials are studying ways to end the use of social security numbers for identification following a series of data breaches compromising the data for millions of Americans, a Trump administration official said Tuesday.

Equifax says 100,000 Canadians' data hacked

September 19, 2017

The personal information of 100,000 Canadians may have been compromised in a hack of Equifax revealed earlier in the month, the credit data company said Tuesday.

Recommended for you

Security gaps identified in internet protocol IPsec

August 15, 2018

In collaboration with colleagues from Opole University in Poland, researchers at Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security (HGI) at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have demonstrated that the internet protocol IPsec is vulnerable ...

Researchers find flaw in WhatsApp

August 8, 2018

Researchers at Israeli cybersecurity firm said Wednesday they had found a flaw in WhatsApp that could allow hackers to modify and send fake messages in the popular social messaging app.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.