Smart Card Alliance ID Council confirms 2011 focus



The Smart Card Alliance Identity Council has confirmed that in 2011 it will focus on the creation of strong identity management foundations for citizen and government identity programmes.

The Identity Council has also announced new officers and a steering committee.

“With the Obama Administration’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) aiming to partner with the private sector to create an identity ecosystem, and state and local governments considering the federal government’s identity, credentialing and access management model and using PIV-I cards, we are entering a new era for identity solutions,” says Identity Council chair Harold Kocken, manager, Deloitte & Touche.  “These programmes need strong foundations in privacy, interoperability, security and policy. This year we will continue to build these foundations and educate stakeholders about the benefits of smart card technology.”

 “How to establish, protect and use identities, and the role of smart cards in identity authentication, are main topics being discussed for any government, commercial or healthcare implementation,” says Randy Vanderhoof, executive director, Smart Card Alliance. “The Identity Council has taken the lead with these discussions, illustrating the need for a solid, standards-based identity management foundation, and providing concise documents and educational resources on how it can be achieved.”

The Identity Council comprises more than 80 individuals from more than 40 end user, chip vendor, systems integrator, card vendor, biometrics provider, identity system and software vendor organizations. New officers are:

·         Chair: Harold Kocken, manager, Deloitte & Touche

·         Vice Chair: Neville Pattinson, Gemalto

·         Secretary: Salvatore D’Agostino, IDmachines.

 The newly elected 2010/2012 Steering Committee is:

·         Salvatore D’Agostino, IDmachines

·         Roland Fournier, L-1 Identity Solutions

·         Harold Kocken, manager, Deloitte & Touche

·         LaChelle LeVan, Probaris

·         Bob Merkert, SCM Microsystems

·         Neville Pattinson, Gemalto

·         Steve Rogers, Intellisoft

·         Jim Sheire, NXP Semiconductors

·         Chris Williams, SAIC.



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