Smart Card Alliance Identity Council to Focus on Secure Online Identities, Mobile Credentialing in 2013

Smart Card Alliance Identity Council to Focus on Secure Online Identities,
Mobile Credentialing in 2013

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Jan. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Providing guidance
and leading practices for mobile identity credentialing and the National
Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) will be the focus for
2013, the Smart Card Alliance Identity Council announced today. Wrapping up a
successful 2012, the Identity Council also announced its new officers and
steering committee that will lead council projects in 2013-2014.

"As government and enterprises look at new approaches to identity - such as
with the secure online identities and mobile credentialing - the Identity
Council plays the important role of providing guidance on how to choose the
applicable technology to ensure identities are trusted, private and secure,"
said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.

In 2012, the Identity Council provided support and educational materials for
the secure online identity initiative NSTIC, and will continue this work into
2013 and beyond. The Council also addressed government agencies and
enterprises that are increasingly interested in using mobile devices for
identity purposes, presenting the vision of the secure use of mobile devices
for identity applications and describing different use cases for current and
NFC-enabled mobile devices in the white paper, Mobile Devices and Identity
Applications, and holding an on-site workshop at the 2012 Government
Conference. This focus will continue into 2013 with additional projects to
provide guidance on supporting identity credentials and applications in mobile

The Identity Council also tackled PIV and PIV-Interoperable (PIV-I)
credentials with the PIV-Interoperable Credential Case Studieswhite paper,
documenting the benefits of using PIV-interoperable credentials for
enterprises and providing implementation case studies of enterprises that are
issuing or planning to issue PIV-I credentials. The Council collaborated with
the Access Control Council to produce PIV Card/Reader Challenges with
Physical Access Control Systems: A Field Troubleshooting Guide, which
documented guidance to help users diagnose the cause of card/reader issues
with physical access control systems and providing troubleshooting guidance to
efficiently identify corrective actions.

New Council Leadership

The Identity Council elected new leadership and steering committee for
2013-2014. Newly-elected officers are:

 -- Chair: Bryan Ichikawa, Deloitte & Touche LLP

 -- Vice Chair: Neville Pattinson, Gemalto

 -- Secretary: Salvatore D'Agostino, IDmachines

In addition to the officers, the newly-elected Steering Committee includes:

 -- Frazier Evans, Booz Allen Hamilton

 -- Chris Gardner, SecureKey Technologies

 -- Don Malloy, NagraID Security

 -- Steve Rogers, IQ Devices

 -- Chris Williams, SAIC

"The Smart Card Alliance is represented by the world's foremost practitioners
in the Identity industry," said Bryan Ichikawa, senior manager, Deloitte &
Touche LLP, Federal Enterprise Security Practice and Council chair. "I am
honored to be elected into this leadership position and look forward to
supporting critical initiatives across many industries. The Identity Council
will also collaborate with other Smart Card Alliance Councils and continue to
provide tremendous value through joint projects in this upcoming year."

To learn more about the Smart Card Alliance Identity Council and the resources
available, visit

About the Identity Council

The Smart Card Alliance Identity Council is focused on promoting leading
policies and practices concerning person and machine identity, including
strong authentication and the appropriate authorization across different use
cases. Through its activities the Council encourages the use of digital
identities that provide strong authentication across assurance environments
through smart credentials - e.g., smart ID cards, mobile devices, enhanced
driver's licenses, and other tokens. The Council addresses the challenges of
securing identity and develops guidance for organizations so that they can
realize the benefits that secure identity delivers. The Council engages a
broad set of participants and takes an industry perspective, bringing careful
thought, joint planning, and multiple organization resources to bear on
addressing the challenges of securing identity information for proper use.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association
working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread
application of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research,
advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members
connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the
single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the
impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more
information please visit

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