tScheme, the independent regulatory body for online identity management services, will aim to and teach and assess security in public and private sector organisations .
"The public and business communities need to have confidence in using the internet for a growing range of secure transactions," said Stephen Upton, the chief executive of tScheme. "Using a tScheme-approved service to support these will ensure that the service provider has systems in place to properly authenticate users and to manage secure online identities."
The non-profit organisation will assess companies that use online business transactions and examine their identity authentication services.
The body is owned by members, which include Vodafone, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Mail, Microsoft, IBM, Experian, CBI, BT and Barclays Bank.
The organisation was established in 2000.