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From 1935 up to 1986, the social security number has transformed from a simple account number for an ambitious program by Franklin D. Roosevelt into the alpha and omega of every American citizen’s identification. There’s just one problem: Because the U.S. relies strictly on a ten-digit number written on a piece of cardboard for identification purposes, identity theft has easily transformed into one of the fastest-growing types of crime.

Matt Devost, managing director of Accenture (a Fortune 500 business and technology consulting company), appears to believe that the social security model of identification is insufficient.

“The issue we have today is that a Social Security number is kept as a secret to authenticate access and identity. We need to be moving away from that and add biometrics on top of it or the equivalent of a private wallet with blockchain,” said Devost in an interview with ZDNet.

At this time, the average American uses their social security number as identifying information for everything, from opening a bank account to accessing their health benefits. 

While the transition that Devost proposes may take a few years at the very least, institutions could quickly adapt to use more redundancy when verifying personal identification by requiring other forms of documentation, such as photo ID cards, birth certificates, and passports.

The comments have come in the shadow of the Equifax breach—where one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States exposed the personally identifiable information (including social security numbers) of 143 million people.

Many organizations around the world now have their sights on blockchain technology, not only for the potential security that such a setup could provide but also because of its ability to make workflows more efficient.

Air France, for example, is experimenting with a blockchain to make its maintenance operations smoother. Similarly, Dubai is planning to move government functions to blockchain technology by 2020, estimating savings of up to $1.5 billion every year.

We are yet to see other areas this technology could disrupt over time, but for now, we anticipate that the Equifax breach will start more conversations about supplanting current personal identification methods with something more theft-proof.