SANTA CLARA, Calif. March 30, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Accountable Digital Identity (ADI) Association today announced that Jim Routh has joined its Board of Directors. The ADI Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing an open framework for digital identity focused on accountability, privacy, and interoperability.

Jim Routh is an icon in the cyber security industry. In 2003, he became the first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in the history of American Express. Following that, he took CISO roles at Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), KPMG, Aetna, CVS Health, and MassMutual. While at Aetna, he developed one of the most mature converged security programs in the private sector. Routh was also Board Chair for the Health Information Sharing & Analysis Center (H-ISAC) and Board Member for the Financial Services Information Sharing & Analysis Center (FS-ISAC). His awards include CSO Hall of Fame, ISE Luminary Award, SINET Impact Award, and BITS Leadership Award. Routh was also twice selected as Information Security Executive of the Year.

“I am honored to join the ADI Association Board,” said Jim Routh. “Advanced authentication that enables a digital consumer to be issued one accountable digital identity used for all digital services is within range, provided there are industry-wide standards for interoperability in place. I support the efforts of ADI to develop these standards.”

“Jim is a tremendous addition to the ADI Association Board,” said Ramesh Kesanupalli, Co-founder, ADI Association, and CEO, Digital Trust Networks. “He brings unparalleled depth of experience in establishing leading-edge security programs at the most security-conscious companies in the world.”

In Summer 2021, the ADI Association announced public availability of the Specification for Accountable Digital Identity (ADI). Central to the Specification are the concepts of privacy-preserving accountability and interoperability. Privacy-preserving accountability allows companies to spot fraud by combining verified identity and individual consent to validate information without compromising user privacy. Interoperability enables companies to participate in the ADI ecosystem and adopt decentralized identity without disrupting their existing identity infrastructure. The ADI Specification embraces industry standards from multiple bodies, including Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF), FIDO Alliance, and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The ADI Association is now developing the next version of the Specification.

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