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Proposed Definition

  1. A trusted entity that issues and revokes trusted information, including credentials and attribute assertion.
  2. A trusted entity that creates, issues, maintains and revokes trusted information, including credentials and attributes. (D'Agostino, Krum)




NIST 800-63




Authority for the IDESG applies to any site that asserts its identity with a private key. The term call also be used with respect to a Relying Party or an Identity Provider, or even a Identity Ecosystem Framework network.

Same term, different concept?

  • A Certificate Authority issues (usually X.509) public key certificates.
  • An HTTP Authority is a common means for distinguishing an authority based on a registered name or server address, along with optional port and user information (

Different term, same concept?

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