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Mobile Council

User credentials – such as payment cards, loyalty cards and access control cards that have traditionally been encoded onto plastic cards or provisioned to smart cards – are increasingly being provisioned to, and used from within mobile applications and devices. A number of different technologies have been developed and are commercially deployed that allow for the secure provisioning, storage and utilization of these user credentials on mobile devices.

The Secure Technology Alliance Mobile Council aims to build industry awareness around the business and security impacts of utilizing different technologies for distributing, storing and using secure credentials on personal mobile and tethered wearable devices. The Council believes raising awareness will facilitate broader discussion on creating standards. The Council will create resources to help implementations and accelerate the adoption of payments, loyalty, marketing, peer-to-peer, identity, and access control applications using mobile and tethered wearable devices. The Council focuses on activities that will help to educate the industry on implementation and security considerations and will act as a bridge between technology development/specification and the applications that can deliver business benefits to industry stakeholders.

Download description of Council mission, activities and membership.

Mobile Council Activities

Mobile Council activities focus on accelerating market adoption of secure mobile applications. Council activities include:

  • Providing educational resources for organizations offering or implementing secure mobile applications and services
  • Providing a business-focused organization where all industry stakeholders can collaborate, network, share implementation experiences, and discuss implementation and security considerations for new mobile applications
  • Identifying and collaborating with other industry organizations to discuss, define and promote standards for secure mobile implementations

Mobile Council Resources

Council Management

The Council is managed by a cross-industry steering committee composed of stakeholders from all facets of mobile/NFC technology, applications and services.

Steering committee officers are:

  • Co-chairs:
    • Sadiq Mohammed, Mastercard
    • Sridher Swaminathan, First Data

Current steering committee members are:

  • David deKozan, Cubic
  • Peter Ho, Wells Fargo
  • Sadiq Mohammed, Mastercard
  • Chandra Srivastava, Visa
  • Sree Swaminathan, First Data
  • David Worthington, Rambus

Council Membership

The Mobile Council is one of several Secure Technology Alliance Technology and Industry Councils, a focused group within the overall structure of the Alliance. Council participation is open to any Secure Technology Alliance member who wishes to contribute to the Council projects.

The Secure Technology Alliance recognizes the top three individual contributors in each of the industry councils and the council “honor roll” – the individuals who were leading contributors and participants in the council projects and activities.

Organizations who are active in the Mobile Council include:

  • ABCorp
  • Allegion
  • American Express
  • Clear2Pay
  • CPI Card Group
  • Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.
  • Datawatch Systems
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Entrust Datacard
  • Exponent, Inc.
  • FIME
  • First Data Corporation
  • FIS
  • Fiserv
  • G+D Mobile Security
  • Gemalto
  • HID Global
  • Identification Technology Partners
  • Infineon Technologies
  • Ingenico
  • Interac Association / Acxsys Corporation
  • IQ Devices
  • Jacobs
  • Kona I Co., Ltd.
  • Mastercard
  • NextgenID
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Quantum Secure Inc.
  • Rambus
  • Secure Element Solutions LLC
  • SecureKey Technologies
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Thales
  • Underwriter Laboratories (UL)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Valid USA
  • Verifone
  • Visa Inc.
  • Vix Technology
  • Wells Fargo
  • XTec, Incorporated

Mobile Council participation is open to any Secure Technology Alliance member who wishes to contribute to the Council projects.

For more information about the Mobile Council or for more information on becoming a member of the Alliance, please contact the Alliance office via email at [email protected] or via telephone at (800) 556-6828.