Executive Director Message
Continuing Our Mission During Uncertain Times
The coronavirus has disrupted every aspect of life as we know it. My message this month is to assure you that the mission and objectives of the Secure Technology Alliance will continue through these uncertain times. Although our personal interactions will be limited, the virtual nature of our member-driven industry and technology councils will continue to foster industry collaboration within each specified industry or market segment. Despite disruptions to our personal and business routines, we expect the councils will continue to produce tangible results.
I hope you are healthy, as are family members, friends, and colleagues. You may very well have changes in business priorities, be asked to juggle multiple projects, work with reduced staff, experience a change in your working environment that presents its own distractions, or have numerous other challenging situations. We understand that you may have constantly unfolding changes and situations that will define how you work and live.
Prior to taking over as Executive Director of the Alliance in 2001, the Alliance maintained an office and staff in lower Manhattan. After the Sept. 11 attacks, all businesses in the affected area were forced to close down and transportation was a nightmare. My first action was to get our operations moved to a remote environment. Since then, the staff and I – from New Jersey to California – have worked in home offices, communicating daily through scheduled weekly calls, web conferencing, instant messaging services, email and other remote platforms that allow us to be connected at all times. Because this has been normal for us, our pattern of work and communication is unchanged. As a result, the staff continues to work in such an environment, able to remain healthy, productive, and sheltered-in-place as per state orders.
Regarding Alliance activities, we were fortunate to get in our highly successful and valued Payments Summit conference in February just as the warning bells of a pandemic were beginning to sound. We acted quickly to postpone the much anticipated Securing Federal Identity event, our government identity and security conference, from June to September to provide more time to evaluate if and when it will be safe for our members to gather in person again. Our classroom training and certification programs, the CSCIP, CSEIP, and TSCIP have been suspended, except for our CSEIP re-certification classes which are online only.
We’ve been moving forward with other industry projects and initiatives. Our mobile driver’s license (mDL) project team released the white paper it had been working on and is scheduling a series of lunch and learn webinars beginning on April 30th. Our Payments Council, Transportation Council, and Access Control Councils have active projects and continue meeting regularly to collaborate on new resources to accelerate the adoption of new mobility and security technologies in those markets. A list of these projects can be found here.
The entire staff and I send our best wishes to you for continued health and safety during this unprecedented time. If you should have any questions or want to discuss any matter with me, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] or by calling my direct office number at 1-609-587-4208.
Executive Director, Secure Technology Alliance
- Council projects. A summary of all active Council projects is posted on the Secure Technology Alliance members-only site.
- The Access Control Council published a new white paper, Temporary Identity Credentials for Federal Agency Physical Access Control Systems (PACS). The white paper outlines a model for temporary access cards that is vendor-agnostic and compatible with federal card authentication technologies used in the agency’s GSA FIPS 201 Evaluation Program Approved Product List access control systems. Council members involved in the development of the white paper included: CertiPath; G+D Mobile Security; HID Global; ID Technology Partners; IDEMIA; Identiv; Integrated Security Technologies; IQ Devices; Parsons; Secure Element Solutions; SigNet Technologies, Inc.; Tyco Software House; Veridt, Inc.; and XTec, Inc. The Council is now discussing new project plans
- The Identity Council published a new white paper, The Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) and Ecosystem, and accompanying executive summary and FAQ. The white paper answers essential questions around the standards, features and uses of an mDL; why someone should use or accept an mDL; and how the mDL will meet expectations of trustworthiness. Council members and guests involved in the development of this white paper included: Aetna, a CVS Health Company; American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA); Burns Engineering; CPI Card Group; Exponent, Inc.; Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS); HID Global; Gemalto, a Thales Company; GET Group NA; ID Technology Partners; IDEMIA; IDentity Check; Intercede; Kantara Initiative; Mastercard; NextgenID; SAFE Identity; SHAZAM; Underwriters Laboratories (UL); U.S. Department of Defense (DoD); Visa; XTec, Inc. The Council is hosting its first webinar on mDLs on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 1pm ET/10am PT, and is discussing follow-on projects. Webinar registration is at: https://www.securetechalliance.org/the-mobile-drivers-license-and-ecosystem-webinar-series/
- The Payments Council held a well-attended an in-person meeting at the Payments Summit. The Council has three active white paper projects: dynamic security code cards; wearables; and open payments framework for electric vehicle charging. The Council is now discussing new project plans
- The Transportation Council held well-attended in-person meeting during the Payments Summit, and is completing work on a vision document on the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) ecosystem. Nominations are open for Council officers and steering committee
If you would like to participate in a Secure Technology Alliance Council, please contact Devon Rohrer, [email protected]. The full list of active Council projects is available on the Alliance members-only site.
New Forum Resources
The U.S. Payments Forum publishes industry resources that will be of interest to Alliance members.
- The Forum published a new resource, Tips for Cleaner Payments, and accompanying infographic to provide practical tips for a “cleaner” payment experience for merchants, ATM owners and consumers.
- The Forum CNP Fraud Working Committee published a new white paper, EMV 3-D Secure. The white paper provides a primer on the EMV 3DS protocol, its features and the data and transaction process.
- The Forum has launched a new Debit Routing Working Committee. The Working Committee goal is to identify and describe options for successful U.S. debit routing for EMV contact and contactless, mobile, ecommerce, and emerging technology transactions, regardless of presentment method.
The full list of active U.S. Payments Forum projects is available on the Alliance members-only site.
Securing Federal Identity 2020-Rescheduled Date
Out of an abundance of caution about how the COVID-19 virus is continuing to impact government and business, we have rescheduled the Securing Federal Identity Conference that was planned for June to its new date, September 16-17, 2020. The health and safety of our sponsors, speakers and attendees is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and are following the directions of the CDC and Arlington, VA health authorities. We will post any changes if other decisions affecting the Securing Federal Identity 2020 event are made.
Welcome New Member
- Community Transit
Congratulations New Certificants
- Sara Conron, Exponent
- Neo Pomer, IDEMIA
- Rich Anderson, PSG Global
- Richard McGinnis, Security Install Solutions
- Robert Rolfsen, Evergreen Fire and Security
Update on Training and Exam Dates
The training and certification dates for CSCIP, CSIP/G, CSCIP/P, CSEIP, and TSCIP have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. We will provide an update when it is safe for the in-person trainings to resume. We are following the procedures and guidelines shared by the World Health Organization (WHO) and The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to make that determination.
CSEIP Recertification is ongoing, as the recertifiation class is presented online. Learn more by visiting the site.
Follow the Alliance on Social Media
The Secure Technology Alliance has enhanced its presence on social media with robust platforms on Twitter and LinkedIn. Here are some ways you can interact with the organization: