News : Newsletters : Alliance Member Bulletin : February 2020

Executive Director Message

Payments Take Center Stage

The many different facets of payments will be on the main stage and on display in the exhibits area when the 2020 Payments Summit returns to its roots next week in Salt Lake City.  Attendees can choose from sessions focusing on in-store payments, transit payments, online retail payments, mobile payments, faster payments, blockchain payments, IoT payments, biometrics payments, and even electric vehicle charging payments.

Over the four days from February 24th to the 27th, the agendas for the 2020 Payments Summit conference sessions and accompanying U.S. Payments Forum member meeting panels and working committee breakout sessions are full of hot payment topics and interactive discussion. You can expect breaking industry news, productive stakeholder debates, and discussions on how the diverse payments ecosystem is evolving and reinventing itself in the age of digital payments, mobility, and consumer choice.

One topic that will be given special attention will be Mobility as a Service, or MaaS. Whether you travel for business or pleasure in a major metropolitan city, you will likely experience multiple modes of transport during your stay.  Renting a car, worrying about traffic in and out of the city, and finding convenient and affordable parking are both expensive and time consuming. More travelers might choose to take the train that connects the airport to the downtown rail station, instead of a subway or bus, to arrive at their hotel. For the last mile of the journey, they may call up a ride share on their mobile device. If they’re 20 years younger than I am, they may even opt to jump on a scooter or rent a bike to get around.

These choices would be even more popular if accessing these mobility services and paying for them were easier and more integrated.  This is where MaaS comes in, integrating real-time maps and directions with available choices of the public and private mobility services when and where needed. Making travel easier and less expensive, these mobility services can be paid for through a mobile phone app or payment options right in the mobile wallet.

If you want to learn something new about transit payments, then the Payments Summit Future of Transit and Mobility as a Service track should be on your personal conference schedule.

Whether your interests lie in retail, faster payments, online payments, or transportation, there’s something for you at the 2020 Payments Summit. I hope to see you in Salt Lake City.

Council Highlights

  • Council projects. A summary of all active Council projects is posted on the Secure Technology Alliance members-only site.
  • The Access Control Council submitted comments to TSA for the second-round comment period for the NEXGEN TWIC specification. The Council is also completing on a white paper on temporary identity credentials for Federal agencies.
  • The Identity Council mDL (mobile driver’s license) project team is continuing cross-industry discussion of mDL implementation and key adoption issues such as interoperability, utility, ease of use, and privacy and is completing on the mDL ecosystem white paper.
  • The Payments Council hosted a well-attended webinar, Electric Vehicle Charging Payments Innovations, on February 5th.  The recording is available on the Alliance web site.  The Council has three other active white paper projects: dynamic security code cards; wearables; and cryptography and the secure operating environment.  The Council will be holding an in-person meeting at the Payments Summit on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, from 12:30-1:30pm MT.
  • The Transportation Council is completing work on a vision document on the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) ecosystem. Nominations are now open for Council officers and steering committee; elections are planned in March.  The Council will be holding an in-person meeting at the Payments Summit on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, from 5:15-6:15pm MT.

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 the new resource, Contactless Operating Mode Requirements Clarification.  The white paper provides an overview of each payment network’s current contactless requirements for issuers, acquirers and acceptance partners electing to implement contactless technology for both magnetic stripe data (a.k.a. MSD, magstripe, magnetic stripe) and EMV mode contactless support

The full list of active U.S. Payments Forum projects is available on the Alliance members-only site.

2020 Payments Summit

2020 Payments Summit Update

We hope you’re joining us in Salt Lake City next week for the 2020 Payments Summit! This is one of the only events that provides practical, actionable business and technical information that can be used to develop strategies and plans for implementing trending or new payments technologies. The U.S. Payments Forum Member Meeting will once again be held in conjunction with the Summit, so count on plenty of sessions and networking in the beautiful backdrop of Salt Lake City at the Marriot Downtown at City Creek. We expect this to be the industry’s most comprehensive look at how payments technologies are evolving, and look forward to seeing you.

Securing Federal Identity June Conference

If you or your organization is involved, or interested in, learning about the role of secure identity and authentication in government programs, you’ll want to attend “Securing Federal Identity 2020,” on June 22-23, 2020, at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, VA. This two day event will highlight the present and future direction of the government’s efforts to manage identities and secure access across all federal agencies. All government and thought leaders are invited to this conference. For registration, visit the registration page and sign up today.

A limited number of sponsorships are available for this conference; take a look and select your choice that best suits your business needs! Contact Shelbey Votapek with any questions.

New Member Sign-Up and Bonus Program

The Secure Technology Alliance is offering a new sign-up and bonus program that will make joining the Alliance a simple process. We want to make sure you know about this program if colleagues or industry contacts ask you about it. The program expires on March 31, 2020.

Here are the details:

  • Save $2,500 off Leadership Council membership dues, $1,200 off General membership dues, and $400 off Government membership dues

New members joining during this period will also receive the following first-year benefits:

  • One extra complimentary conference registration for all Alliance events in 2020
  • Extra exposure with a New Member Profile section on the Alliance website
  • An “Executive in the News” interview published in a Secure Tech Talk Member Bulletin

And if you help recruit a new organization that becomes a member of the Alliance, we will provide you with a $250 Amazon Gift Card (for each Leadership Council level member) or a $100 Amazon Gift Card (for each General, Government level member)! If you know of an individual or organization who expresses interest, simply send their contact information our way and we’ll do the rest – and you’ll still receive the gift card! For questions, please contact [email protected].

Welcome New Members

  • Four Nines Technologies
  • Sound Transit

Upcoming Training and Exam Dates

Unless noted otherwise, trainings will be held at The Training Center at Identification Technology Partners, Inc., 12 S Summit Ave #110, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

TSCIP Training

  • Feb. 27, 2020
  • April 23, 2020

CSCIP/G Training and Exam

  • March 5-6, 2020

CSCIP/P Training

  • Feb. 24, 2020*

 * CSCIP/P training will be held in Salt Lake City during the Secure Technology Alliance Payments Summit

CSEIP Training and Exam

  • March 24-26, 2020 

CSEIP Recertification Exam

Recertification extends the value of the CSEIP certification by demonstrating that the CSEIP certificant is current with new requirements and refreshes knowledge of the original information. This live, online, instructor-led review course is four hours, from 11 a.m. ET – 3 p.m. ET. The hour-long exam follows, from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Upcoming recertification dates:

  • Feb. 25, 2020
  • April 24, 2020

Training Notes and Resources


  • Applicants must receive a passing (70% correct) grade on all parts of the exam to receive a CSCIP, CSCIP/G or CSCIP/P certification; notification of grades will be sent approximately two weeks after completing the exam
  • Download CSCIP Certification Application – Fillable Word FormPDF
  • Download CSCIP, CSCIP/G and/or CSCIP/P Exam Registration and Documentation Order Form – Fillable Word FormPDF
  • Visit the CSCIP portion of the website for more information



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: