News : Newsletters : Alliance Member Bulletin : July 2018

Executive Director’s Corner

Active Members Receive Most Value from Alliance

In this month’s member bulletin, I look inward at the Secure Technology Alliance organization, rather than providing my usual outward-look at the markets we serve.  Earlier in July, we completed our annual member survey, which provides an opportunity to ask our members what matters most to them and how the Alliance organization serves those interests.

For this past year, our member overall satisfaction percentage was 87.8 (on a scale of 0 to 100), higher than the 86.0 score in 2017, and just short of the 90+ ratings we received in 2015 and 2016.  That indicates that we are meeting our members’ expectations in general since the rebranding and mission expansion was completed from the Smart Card Alliance in March 2017.  Somewhat surprising, our Government membership scored the highest satisfaction level at 92.8, followed by our Leadership Council members at 86.2.  2018 was good year for government-focused activity with the new federal identity policy draft being released this spring and the Transportation Council cross-organization project with the U.S. Payments Forum work being done on contactless open loop payments acceptance in transit.

Members who identified themselves as “very active” in the Alliance scored the highest individual satisfaction rating of 89 out of 100, compared to inactive members. who rated their satisfaction at 80.  It indicates that the most active members in the Alliance are the individuals who also derive the most value from the organization. I suspect this is because they have a high level of interaction with fellow members and the staff which helps them in their own professional life.  The Payments Council had the most individuals respond to the survey, and their members had the third highest satisfaction rating, after the Mobile Council and the Access Control Council.

When asked what were ranked the highest values that the Secure Technology Alliance provided, the top three were council collaboration with other members, influencing standards and best practices, and networking opportunities with other members. Members were also highly satisfied with the Alliance communications programs, like this member bulletin and the daily industry news, and the published resources, like the industry council white papers, ranking both higher than 4.0 out of 5.

I want to thank all our members who took the time to complete the survey and provide this important feedback.  The Alliance staff and I are passionate about the work of the Alliance and our goal is to make every individual and every organization member proud to be associated with the Alliance. We also want them to challenge themselves and their industry colleagues to do more to stimulate the adoption and widespread application of connected digital solutions based on secure chip and other technologies and systems needed to protect data, enable secure authentication and facilitate commerce.

Thank you for your support and interest in our organization.

Council Highlights

A summary of all active Council projects is posted on the Secure Technology Alliance members-only site.

  • The Access Control Council has two active projects: developing content for the upcoming Reverse Industry Day being planned by GSA and completing the enterprise PACS playbook
  • The Identity Council is hosting the webinar, Identity on a Mobile Device: Access Control Use Cases, on July 26th. The webinar will review the use of mobile identity credentials for physical and logical access.  The Council also continues work on the mobile identity landscape white paper and has additional webinars planned to review transportation, banking and other use cases
  • The Payments Council held a webinar, Contactless Payments: Merchant Benefits and Considerations, on July 19th. Presenters included:  Roberto Cardenas, TSYS; Jose Correa, NXP Semiconductors; Allen Friedman, Ingenico; Oliver Manahan, Infineon Technologies; and Randy Vanderhoof, Secure Technology Alliance.  The Council is also working on a new white paper on biometric payment cards to provide a high-level description of biometric payment cards to educate issuers on functionality and benefits
  • The Transportation Council currently has two active projects: a webinar on mobile ticketing and Near Field Communications (NFC); part two of the payments convergence white paper, focusing on potential barriers to implementation of multimodal payment strategies and suggesting ways of addressing these challenges

If you would like to participate in a Secure Technology Alliance Council, please contact Devon Rohrer, [email protected].

New U.S. Payments Forum Resources

The U.S. Payments Forum published two new resources:

Webinar This Week: Identity on a Mobile Device – Access Control Use Cases

The Alliance Identity Council is host the second webinar in its series on mobile identity credential use cases this Thursday, July 26th at 2PM ET/11AM PT.  The webinar, Identity on a Mobile Device – Access Control Use Cases, explores the uses of mobile identity credentials for physical and logical access security.

The webinar will discuss:

  • An overview of the Secure Technology Alliance mobile identity landscape initiative
  • The technologies and approaches for using identity credentials on mobile devices for physical and logical access
  • Next steps for leveraging mobile identity credentials

Presenters included: Tom Lockwood, NextgenID, Inc.; Dr. John Fessler, Exponent; Neal Fallon, HID Global; and Randy Vanderhoof, Secure Technology Alliance.

Additional webinars in the series will be scheduled in the early fall.

Congratulations CSCIP/G Recipients

  • Graham Gearhart, XTec
  • Christopher Matthews, XTec

Congratulations CSEIP Recipient

  • Jeremiah Cerra, Lenel

Training, Exam, and Recertification Dates


  • 28-30, National Center for Advanced Payments and Security
  • 18-20, National Center for Advanced Payments and Security


  • 11-12, National Center for Advanced Payments and Security 


  • 16-17, The National Center for Advanced Payments and Identity Security

CSEIP Recertification

The online instructor-led review course is four hours, from 11 AM ET – 3 PM ET. The hour-long exam follows from 3 PM ET to 4 PM ET. Register for one of these upcoming certification dates:

  • August 23
  • September 13
  • October 18

Securing Digital ID 2018 Conference

Registration is now open for “Securing Digital ID 2018,” a new event from the Alliance, is scheduled for Dec. 4-5 in Alexandria, VA, just outside of Washington, DC.

This topical meeting will feature presentations and panel discussions on digital identity solutions and authentication technologies, business challenges balancing security and convenience, policies that help guide common practice, and interoperability standards. There will also be opportunities to network with security experts and cybersecurity integrators already using smart identity security solutions.

Register, and make your travel plans today to ensure your spot.