Digital identity was omitted from the White House’s proposed multi-year plan on national cybersecurity as it was unveiled in March. Officials did acknowledge that late revisions could be made to encompass privacy guidelines and assurance of digital identity technologies.

The plan included 69 definitive actions for change within agencies and organisations to improve cybersecurity but lacked inserts on digital identity which is increasingly receiving investment to fully secure accessibility to systems and services holding data.

The absence of digital identity included in the document suggested that the U.S. still adopted an old regulatory approach which was behind the development of this technology. The National Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan still outlines how companies will be forced to take accountability for cybersecurity, despite the roadmap failing to consider all technologies that pose a risk to cybersecurity.

The document will be revised every year, said officials, but this is not enough with initiatives scheduled to be completed by agencies by 2024/2025.

One positive initiative raised in the plan promotes Government and industry players working together to report threats and encourage transparency.

The White House responded to the media by citing their broader efforts around digital identity that will inform strategic objectives and initiatives in the near future.

A panel comprised of top United States government leaders answer questions on the latest U.S. cyber strategy, what the NCS offers to the public, and how it will be implemented.