Alliance Activities : Applications : Payments


The global payments infrastructure is evolving at a fast pace.  With the increasing number and severity of data breaches and the introduction of innovative new payments approaches and technologies, payments security is top-of-mind for the entire industry.

The Secure Technology Alliance has active programs to provide educational resources and best practices for improving the security of the payments infrastructure and enhancing the payments experience. By bringing together payments industry stakeholders, the Alliance provides resources for implementing secured payments across all payment channels and payment technologies.  Key technologies and market sectors include:

The Alliance has ongoing activities to assess and address challenges with implementing secure technologies for payments.  Activities include:

Payments Council

The cross-industry 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.

Payments Summit

The annual Payments Summit is the premier industry event covering all things payments, including FinTech, EMV chip technology, mobile wallets, NFC, contactless, open transit systems and more. This is the only payments event that provides practical, actionable business and technical information that can be used to develop strategies and plans for implementing new payments technologies.

Knowledge Center

The Secure Technology Alliance Knowledge Center hosts a wealth of resources on payments security technologies.

Training Programs

The Alliance Certified Smart Card Industry Professional/Payments (CSCIP/P) certification program provides both training and certification for professionals who possess advanced levels of industry knowledge and experience.

U.S. Payments Forum

The Alliance’s affiliated organization, the U.S. Payments Forum, is the cross-industry body focused on addressing issues that require broad cooperation and coordination across many constituents in the payments industry.  Joint Alliance/Forum membership levels are available that provide full access to Forum and Alliance events and activities.  Alliance members can also apply to participate in Forum projects as guests.