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Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council Plans Initiatives Around Secure Standards-based Identity Credentials for 2013



Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council Plans Initiatives Around Secure
Standards-based Identity Credentials for 2013

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., April 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Developing
educational resources on the advantages of using standards-based secure
identity credentials for physical and logical access and providing industry
input on government identity credentialing efforts will continue to be the
focus of activities in 2013, the Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council
said today, also announcing new officers and leadership for the new year.  The
Smart Card Alliance will be at ISC West this week (Booth 41013) through April
12 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. 

"Last year we made serious inroads on advancing the use of standards-based
secure identity credentials.  This year we will continue to work closely with
government as they move forward with updated and new standards, and hold
workshops and produce white papers to show all organizations, government and
private, that leveraging existing standards and using smart card technology
can provide higher levels of security for physical and logical access," said
Access Control Council Chair Lars Suneborn, Oberthur Technologies.

In 2012, much of the Access Control Council's education was focused on the
requirements and use of Personal Identity Verification Interoperable (PIV),
PIV-Interoperable (PIV-I) and Commercial Identity Verification (CIV)
credentials.  Based on the same standards as the smart card-based PIV
credential used within the federal government, PIV-I and CIV credentials allow
state and local governments and enterprises to provide trust and security for
employees accessing physical buildings and IT systems and networks.

Some of the notable resources released included a Comparison of PIV, PIV-I and
CIV Credentials, PIV Card/Reader Challenges with Physical Access Control
Systems: A Field Troubleshooting Guide, and the Strong Authentication Using
Smart Card Technology for Logical Access white paper.  The Council also worked
with the Alliance Identity Council and the Mobile and NFC Council to host an
educational workshop on the use of mobile devices for identity and access
control applications at the 2012 Smart Card Alliance Government Conference.

The Access Control Council is continuing this work this year, already
providing input to the General Services Administration (GSA) Evaluation
Program Technical Working Group (EPTWG) on changes in the FIPS 201 Evaluation
Program.  "Providing industry input will be a continued focus as the updated
FIPS 201-2 specification is released and additional NIST special publication
documents come out in 2013," added Suneborn.

Leadership for 2013/2014

The Access Control Council is made up of more than 140 individuals from over
55 organizations spanning government agencies, smart card and software
manufacturers, reader manufacturers, physical access control system
manufacturers, systems integrators and biometrics solutions providers.  The
newly-elected officers are:

     -- Chair: Lars Suneborn, Oberthur Technologies

     -- Vice Chair: Lolie Kull, HP Enterprise Services

     -- Secretary: Salvatore D'Agostino, IDmachines

The 2013/2014 steering committee includes:

     -- Dave Adams, HID Global

     -- Salvatore D'Agostino, IDmachines

     -- Tony Damalas, Stanley Security Solutions, Inc.

     -- Frazier Evans, Booz Allen Hamilton

     -- Walter Hamilton, Identification Technology Partners 

     -- David Helbock, XTec, Inc.

     -- Andy Kuchel, Quantum Secure Inc.

     -- Lolie Kull, HP Enterprise Services

     -- Roger Roehr, Roehr Consulting

     -- Steve Rogers, IQ Devices

     -- Adam Shane, AMAG Technology

     -- Mike Sulak, Department of State

     -- Joseph Tassone, Identive

     -- Mike Zercher, NXP Semiconductors

For more information on the Access Control Council and a complete list of
resources, visit
http://www.smartcardalliance.org/pages/activities-councils-access-control. 

Smart Card Alliance at ISC West

To continue its educational initiatives around access control, the Smart Card
Alliance will host a full day workshop on April 9 at ISC West 2013, "Mobile
Devices and Identity and Access Control Applications."  The interactive
workshop will provide attendees with a detailed understanding of new uses for
mobile devices in storing and presenting secure digital identity credentials
for digitally signing email and accessing secure networks as well as using
NFC-enabled mobile devices for physical access. To register, visit
http://www.smartcardalliance.org/secureid.

Complementing the workshop, the Alliance is presenting the Smart Card Identity
and Mobile Security Pavilion in Booth 41013.  This special showcase, presented
in conjunction with Reed Expo, will be open April 10-12 during the exhibition
and includes special technology demos by some of the leading companies in
smart card security.

About the Access Control Council

The Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council is focused on accelerating the
widespread acceptance, use, and application of smart card technology for
physical and logical access control. The group brings together, in an open
forum, leading users and technologists from both the public and private
sectors and works on activities that are important to the access control
community and that will help expand smart card technology adoption in this
important market.

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 http://www.smartcardalliance.org.

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