Alliance Activities : Councils : Payments Council

Payments Council

The Secure Technology Alliance Payments Council focuses on securing payments and payment applications in the U.S. through industry dialogue, commentary on standards and specifications, technical guidance and educational programs, for consumers, merchants, issuers, acquirers, processors, payment networks, government regulators, mobile providers, industry suppliers and other industry stakeholders.

The Council’s primary goal is to inform and educate the market about the means of improving the security of the payments infrastructure and enhancing the payments experience. The group brings together payments industry stakeholders to work on projects related to implementing secured payments across all payment channels and payment technologies.

The Payments Council’s projects include research projects, white papers, industry commentary, case studies, web seminars, workshops and other educational resources.

Download description of Council mission, activities and membership.

Payments Council Resources


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Council Management

The Council is managed by a steering committee composed of a cross section of the financial payments industry.

Steering committee officers are:

  • Chair: Oliver Manahan, Infineon Technologies
  • Vice Chair: Nick Pisarev, G+D Mobile Security
  • Secretary: Jamie Topolski, Fiserv

Current steering committee members are:

  • Ryan Ahern, Ingenico
  • Deana Cook, Wells Fargo
  • Jose Correa, NXP Semiconductors
  • Terry Dooley, SHAZAM
  • Simon Hurry, Visa
  • Jack Jania, CPI Card Group
  • Oliver Manahan, Infineon Technologies
  • Kunal Munjal, Mastercard
  • TBD, American Express
  • Nick Pisarev, G+D Mobile Security
  • Ellie Smith, Discover Financial Services
  • Sree Swaminathan, First Data
  • Jamie Topoloski, Fiserv

Council Membership

The Payments Council is one of several Secure Technology Alliance Technology and Industry Councils, a new type of 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.

Secure Technology Alliance members who are active in the Payments Council include:

  • ABCorp
  • ACI Worldwide
  • American Express
  • Clear2Pay
  • CPI Card Group
  • Cubic Transportation Systems Inc.
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Entrust Datacard
  • Exponent, Inc.
  • First Data Corporation
  • FIS
  • Fiserv
  • G+D Mobile Security
  • Gemalto
  • Infineon Technologies
  • Ingenico
  • Interac Association/Acxsys Corporation
  • IQ Devices
  • Jack Henry Processing Solutions
  • Jacobs
  • JCB International Credit Card Co., Ltd.
  • KONA I Co., Ltd.
  • Mastercard
  • MULTOS International
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Rambus
  • SecureKey Technologies
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Thales
  • Tri County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon
  • Underwriter Laboratories (UL)
  • Valid USA
  • Verifone
  • Visa, Inc.
  • Vix Technology
  • Wells Fargo
  • XTec, Incorporated

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

For more information about the Payments 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.

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