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# Level of assurance and authenticators

This page gives an introduction to MitID assurance levels, MitID authenticators and how the combination of different authenticators fulfils different assurance levels.

# NSIS

MitID is regulated according to the Danish NSIS (opens new window) standard, which is the Danish version of eIDAS (opens new window) (Electronic Identification and Trust Services in EU). This means that you as a service provider must follow the NSIS standard and do a risk assessment of the information you give access to with MitID. There is a guide (opens new window)in the NSIS material that may help you as a service provider choosing the right security level (LoA). You may also download this simple tool in Excel (opens new window) to get help with the risk assessment.

# Level of Assurance (LoA)

The defined LoA values for the transaction are Low, Substantial or High. LoA consists of the following assurance components:

  • IAL: "Identity Assurance Level" for the transaction. This refers to the identity proofing process and indicates how sure you are that the person is the true owner of the identity.
  • AAL: "Authentication Assurance Level" for the transaction. This refers to the authentication process and indicates how sure you are that the end-user is in control of the used authenticator.
  • FAL: "Federation Assurance Level" for the transaction. This indicates the requirements to a relying party for receiving information about the end-user.

The resulting LoA of a transaction is determined by the lowest value present among these three components. Since FAL is always “High”, the LoA is in practice determined by the AAL and IAL. When requesting an authentication, the request can either specify a target LoA or a target AAL.

For an overview of attributes, see the Attributes in the response section.

If you're using OIDC and want to set the LoA for your account, see Configuring the LoA.

# Authenticators

With MitID, the end-user logs in with a username in combination with one or two authenticators.

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The username decides the possible authenticators, i.e. MitID knows which authenticators a user has registered and can choose between during authentication.

MitID offers the use of the following authenticators:

  • MitID app: The user can use this app when a secure element is present in the hardware or in combination with the MitID chip, assuming proper activation. Both will give a High LoA. There is an alternative version of this app named App Enhanced Security. With this app, the user must enrol on a device with SE/TEE technology (secure element/trusted execution environment). These technologies are possible elements included in the NFC technology (Near Field Communication for smartphones). The user should not enable biometric unlocking of the app. This prevents the use of multi-user functionality.
  • MitID code display: A physical device authenticator showing a one-time password (OTP) to be typed into the service provider’s user interface within a certain time. It is based on OATH TOTP (RFC 6238 (opens new window)).
  • MitID audio code reader: A sound-based TOTP (opens new window) token (time-based one-time password algorithm). The device reads aloud the OTP code to the user so the user can enter it in the service provider’s user interface. This is an alternative for visually impaired people or if the user does not want to use the code app.
  • MitID chip: This is a chip that supports the FIDO U2F standard. The end-user can combine this with the password or the app for reaching High LoA.
  • Password: A password authenticator implementation based on the Secure Remote Password (SRP) (opens new window) protocol.

When an end-user has migrated to MitID, they can choose two authenticator combinations to start off:

  • MitID app.
  • Password + MitID code display or code reader.

Both these combinations are sufficient to reach AAL substantial. The MitID chip authenticator is not available immediately upon migration, but can be ordered by the user on mitid.dk (opens new window).

# Possible authenticator combinations

MitID supports different combinations of authenticators. Single-factor authentication can be to combine a username with one of the mentioned authenticators, for example a password. If higher security is needed, you can use a more secure authenticator, such as App, or use two-factor authentication, e.g. combining a password with Code display.

The following table (from the MitID broker package documentation) shows possible combinations of authenticators and what level of assurance the combinations give (Low, Substantial and High):

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For example, password together with a MitID code token gives two-factor authentication with Substantial AAL. Password together with the MitID chip gives two-factor authentication with High AAL, etc.

Note: As a broker, Signicat supports all MitID authenticators. MitID decides the possible combinations.

# Low

With Low AAL, you can allow your users a simple login with password or chip.

# Substantial

Substantial achieves the equivalent AAL of NemID authentications.

# High

With High AAL, you can achieve the highest level of confidence using a two-factor authentication of your users.

Last updated: 8/11/2021, 1:15:43 PM