News : Newsletters : Alliance Member Bulletin : June 2020

Executive Director Message

What Will Emerge from This?

How do we process what the future holds while massive outside forces affect our personal and professional lives?  We were just beginning to get a peek at what life might look like after spending the past three months in our basements dealing with COVID-19 when our country has erupted in pain and racial tension over the senseless killing of an unarmed citizen.  Violence against demonstrators by police and armed military forces followed, resulting in huge protests and further disruption of people’s lives and neighborhood businesses. And now we’re seeing new warnings of a potential relapse of death and disease from this coronavirus resulting from opening our economy up too quickly and from too many people ignoring the guidelines required to keep themselves and others safe from this virus.  This misguided attitude seems to be that we can simply will this nightmare to be over.

Perhaps focusing on the few things that are closest to what normal used to feel like is one way to start.  For me, that is my family and my work.  Fortunately for me, that has been easier than for many other people I know.  My work routine has been unchanged since I started working for what was called the Smart Card Alliance in 2002, before we rebranded the organization as the Secure Technology Alliance in 2018.  I worked out of my home office back then and have continued to work remotely for these last 18 years.  I began working with Cathy Medich, Director, Strategic Programs, in 2002, and the two of us have developed a strong trust relationship and mutual appreciation for each other over this time.

Together, we have witnessed many changes in the security markets this organization serves.  When we started together, there were no smart cards in the U.S., only in Europe and parts of Asia.  We partnered with the federal government to be the first to adopt smart card ID credentials and then led the world development effort to add contactless chips to millions of electronic passports.  Smartphones like the Blackberry and the iPhone were introduced in 1999 and 2007 respectively and changed the way we think of mobile phones for anything but talking – turning them into devices equipped with secure SIMs and built-in secure elements for mobile wallets and mobile commerce (and pretty soon mobile driver’s licenses).  We were present when Visa announced it was bringing EMV chip technology to the U.S. credit and debit card market in 2011, soon followed by Mastercard, American Express and Discover. The EMV migration resulted in replacing more than 800 million magnetic stripe cards in about five years.

The future may look a bit cloudy, but one thing I have learned is that innovation never stops.  Throughout my 18 years at the Alliance, we have lived through terrorist attacks, wars, recessions, mass shootings, and other unexpected disasters that have shaken our confidence and changed our grasp on what “normal’ feels like – but none of these has ever slowed us down for very long.  Innovation will always be the green shoots that break through the despair and uncertainty and get us back on course. Together, we can get through any obstacle.

Sincerely,
Randy Vanderhoof
Executive Director, Secure Technology Alliance


New Webinar: Privacy and Trust in the mDL Ecosystem

The Secure Technology Alliance Identity Council is holding third webinar in its mobile driver’s license webinar series, Privacy and Trust in the mDL Ecosystem.  The webinar will focus on answering issuer, adopter and relying party questions on the privacy, trust and integrity features of mDL technology and its ecosystem.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 25 at 1pm ET/10am PT. Registration is available at https://securetechalliance.webex.com/securetechalliance/onstage/g.php?MTID=e966db1bd86f0be6d86fe10fc09ed171b.

Speakers for the webinar are: Arjan Geluk, UL; Andrew Hughes, Kantara Initiative/IDEMIA; Ted Sobel, DHS; Matt Thompson, IDEMIA; Randy Vanderhoof, Secure Technology Alliance; Christopher Williams, Exponent; John Wunderlich, Kantara Initiative.

Issuers, identity verifiers, government agencies, solution providers, integrators, and application developers are encouraged to attend to get insight into:

  • Expected privacy and mDL trust model in a federated environment
  • Privacy-enhancing features of ISO 18013-5 compliant mDLs
  • Identity proofing and mDL issuance processes and relying party trust
  • Testing and certification of mDL processes and solutions

Register for the webinar at https://securetechalliance.webex.com/securetechalliance/onstage/g.php?MTID=e966db1bd86f0be6d86fe10fc09ed171b.

Recordings of the first two webinars are available on the Secure Technology Alliance web site.


Council Highlights

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


Welcome New Members

  • AMAG Technology, Inc.
  • Brian Stein, LLC

Congratulations New Certificants

CSEIP-Recertified

  • Fred Conover, Structure Works Inc
  • Deon Ford, Prism International, LLC
  • Benjamin Globus, Securityhunter
  • Derek Greenland, Lenel
  • Roy Hayes, Systems Engineering, Inc.
  • Kevin Houle, Identiv
  • Corey McKinney, CertiPath Inc.
  • Tom Owens, E2 Optics
  • Tony Padilla, ALLCOM GS
  • William Stewart
  • Jason Tesori, Bergelectric

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.  As the slow process of returning to “normal” is entering the planning stage for both Federal government and commercial organizations, the Secure Technology Alliance and ID Technology Partners are likewise making plans to begin reopening the training center soon, when we can safely conduct CSEIP certification training classes.

Pending further announcements by state and local government health agencies, the Secure Technology Alliance and ID Technology Partners are anticipating the Certified Engineer ICAM PACS (CSEIP) Certification program to begin scheduling training classes with limited size classes starting in June.

The following dates have been announced for a tentative schedule for CSEIP training pending state and local health official approvals.

  • June 23 – 25 (deadline to register is June 12th)
  • July 21 – 23 (deadline to register is July 10th)
  • October 20-22 (deadline to register is October 9th)
  • December 1-3 (deadline to register is November 19th)

Additional training dates may be added, please contact Nicole Lauzon at 1-800-556-6828 for further information

CSEIP Recertification is ongoing, as the recertification class is presented online. Learn more by visiting the CSEIP Recertification site.


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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:

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