Commit 560cd89f authored by Ralph Verhelst's avatar Ralph Verhelst
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Secondly because SSI is decentralized and user data isn’t stored in local databases the amount of attack vectors are lowered and decreases the incentive for hackers to try and hack these systems. In a central database a hacker only needs to hack one single point of failure to gather the data of potential millions of customers whereas in a decentralized system such as SSI the same amount of effort is required to get the data of a single customer which is simply not as interesting.
The challenge is to make SSI user friendly as the very basis of SSI is public-key cryptography which is too complicated and unintuitive for most users. Managing your own data also puts more responsibility on the user as they can’t simply call a central administrator if they lose their password or if they become the victim of a hack.
SSI technology has made public-key cryptography more usable and secure by creating so-called decentralized public key infrastructure and providing user-friendly wallets and agents where the user doesn’t even notice public-keys are being used. SSI providers such as uPort have even created methods to recover identities in case of theft or losing keys to further increase user friendliness.
# Summary
Our SSI mandate service is a generic and holistic approach to provide and request mandates. Mandates are SSI credentials signed by the dependent that can be requested by either the dependent or authorized representative. These credentials can be used to prove to a verifier that the authorized representative is authorized to act for specific actions on behalf of the dependent. The mandate credentials are stored in the wallet of the authorized representative as opposed to a central database in current systems. The dependent can revoke this credential at any point in time if he/she no longer wants the authorized representative to act on their behalf by updating a revocation hash on the blockchain. The SSI mandate provides mandates completely peer to peer and isn’t limited to individuals only. A SSI wallet can also represent a device or institution, for example a company can use a SSI company wallet to authorize employees to access the building or use the company credit card up to a certain amount.
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