News : Newsletters : Alliance Member Bulletin : November 2020

Executive Director Message

Annual Member Survey Highlights Benefits from Collaboration and Market Intelligence

The 2020 Annual Member Survey was completed last month.  The results of the survey are useful indicators of what our member organizations value in being active participants in the Alliance’s mission to provide a neutral forum that brings together leading providers and adopters of end-to-end security solutions designed to protect privacy and digital assets in a variety of vertical markets. The Alliance strives to raise awareness and advocate for the need for security to be built into every device, product and service throughout their lifecycle within payments, identity and access markets.

The two areas that received the highest ratings for member benefits from our members in this year’s survey was collaboration to solve industry issues by participating in industry councils and gaining up to date market intelligence about the changing dynamics of the payments and digital security marketplace.  I think the fact that our members chose these specific benefits as the most valued highlights the give-and-take nature of our member experience.  The very nature of engaging in discussions about important business and technology trends of the day results in a benefit in return of receiving valuable insight from other thought leaders that helps individuals see around the corners of the future for themselves and their organizations.  Networking opportunities and gaining insights in order to build business strategies also scored near the top of the responses.

Some of the quantitative data metrics that we track showed continued improvement in overall satisfaction with the Alliance.  94.7% of members are clearly satisfied with the direction and support that the Alliance is providing the industry, as measured by a rating of 80 or higher.  The specific activities that scored the highest in overall satisfaction (out of a possible 5.0 rating) were Alliance conferences and events (4.45); industry councils (4.28); published white papers and web resources (4.22); and communications such as member bulletins and press releases (4.11). Professional development training and certifications (3.82) scored slightly lower but that is something that does not appeal to the most experienced members in the Alliance.  All of these measures showed an increase in satisfaction over 2019 results.

Despite the impact that the COVID-19 virus has had on budgets and the value of attending in-person events, 79% of members indicated that they planned to renew their memberships in 2020 – 2021, which is actually a higher percentage than in 2019.  This is another indication that the fundamental benefits derived from active participation in the Secure Technology Alliance remain strong and have actually risen during this pandemic.  Industry collaboration even in a virtual setting is better than isolation.  The need for market intelligence to keep up with industry trends and stay ahead in a tightening economy is better than operating in the dark.

I want to express my appreciation to all of our members who contributed to the 2020 annual survey.  We will announce the winner of the drawing to receive the Portal from Facebook or Amazon $150 gift card in next month’s bulletin.

Randy Vanderhoof
Executive Director, Secure Technology Alliance

Applied Crypto Symposium

Advanced Crypto Symposium: Cybersecurity in the Age of Quantum Computing

As quantum computing evolves at an increased pace, researchers in the corporate, public and academic sectors are building the foundation for essential cybersecurity practices. The Secure Technology Alliance is holding a virtual education session, sponsored by Utimaco, that will explore this emerging risk and outline best practices for a quantum-resistant IT infrastructure. Leading experts on post-quantum cryptography will share their expertise and provide concrete recommendations on how to best assess your risk and prepare ahead of the post quantum era.

The education session, “Applied Crypto Symposium – Cybersecurity in the Age of Quantum Computing,” will be held December 9, 2020 from 12pm ET/9am PT to 2:15pm ET/11:15am PT. Registration is available at

Speakers are: Dieter Bong, Utimaco; Lily Chen, NIST; Brian LaMacchia, Microsoft Research; Michele Mosca, University of Waterloo; and Randy Vanderhoof, Secure Technology Alliance.

Maintaining the integrity of critical infrastructures is a top priority, and this means adapting to new threats, smart hackers and even smarter technology. The future iterations of quantum computers will possess the processing power to crack the asymmetric algorithms that serve as the foundation of cryptography. Understanding how to prepare is top-of-mind for many cybersecurity experts, and this education session will provide necessary insight into implementing quantum-resistant IT infrastructures with an emphasis on federal and defense systems.

This session is for cybersecurity professionals interested in encryption, cryptography, data protection, key distribution and management, and responsibilities related to the protection of critical infrastructure in federal government and public sector, aerospace, defense, financial services, payments, IoT networks, automotive and telecommunications.

Experts will discuss:

  • The threat posed by quantum computers to the digital economy, including the timeline and key milestones
  • Advancements in corporate and academic research to counter the threat of quantum computing
  • Best practices to protect critical infrastructure ahead of the post-quantum era

Alliance Top Contributors and Honor Roll

The Secure Technology Alliance announced its 2020 Honor Roll members, recognizing the top individual and member company contributors to Alliance activities and projects this year.

The 2020 Honor Roll included 60 industry leaders and was compiled based on council leadership, project leadership, and project participation from 2019 to 2020. The top contributors on the honor roll for each industry council are:

  • Access Control Council. Chair Lars Suneborn, ID Technology Partners; and top contributors Mark Dale, XTec, Inc.; Gerry Smith, ID Technology Partners; and Rob Zivney, ID Technology Partners
  • Identity Council. Chair Tom Lockwood, NextgenID, Inc.; and top contributors David Kelts, GET Group North America; Geoff Slagle, AAMVA; Mike McCaskill, Florida Highway Patrol; Ted Sobel, Department of Homeland Security; Colin Wallis, Kantara Initiative; and Christopher Williams, Exponent, Inc.
  • Payments Council. Chair Jack Jania, CPI Card Group; Chair Oliver Manahan, Infineon Technologies; and top contributors Jose Correa, NXP Semiconductors; Francine Dubois, IDEMIA; Jordan Kaplan, Underwriters Laboratories (UL); and Nick Pisarev, G+D Mobile Security
  • Transportation Council. Chair Jerry Kane, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA); and top contributor Brian Stein, Intueor

Council projects in 2020 included: white papers on mobile driver’s licenses (mDL), temporary identity credentials for federal employees, mobile devices and access control, biometric payment cards, dynamic security code cards, electric vehicle charging payments, contactless wearables, and Mobility as a Service (MaaS); industry comments on proposed government standards and specifications; and webinars/workshops on mDLs, biometric payment cards and electric vehicle charging payments.

The complete listing of the names and member organizations who qualified for the Council Honor Roll for 2020 is available at

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.

Recent U.S. Payments 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.

Congratulations New Certificants


  • Bill Fulmer, Johnson Controls


  • James Aarsrtad, Fisher Systems Inc
  • Matthew Butler, TUSCO INC
  • Andre D’Amours, Siemens Smart Infrastructure
  • Nicolas Feisthamel, Integrated Security Solutions, Inc.
  • Rick German, CertiPath Inc.
  • Gene Gregory, Siemens Industry, Inc.
  • Ean Jordon, Connected Technology Integrators, Inc.
  • Sean Nordberg, Integrated Technologies and Design
  • James Schwartz, Security Install Solutions, Inc.
  • John Wever, Integrated Technologies and Design


  • Chad Black, Blackhawk Security LLC
  • Jared Murry, Access Systems Inc
  • Jared Schmall, World Telecom & Surveillance, Inc.
  • Anthony Tran, Star Asset Security, LLC

Update on Training and Exam Dates

The following dates have been announced for CSEIP training.  Class sizes have been reduced to 6 people per class due to COVID-19 health guidelines and safety concerns.  As a result, classes are selling out faster than they have in the past, so we are advising organizations to make their reservations in advance of future security system contracts and installations.

  • CSEIP Certification Course, February 9-11, 2021
  • CSEIP Certification Course, March 9-11, 2021
  • CSEIP Certification Course, April 27-29, 2021
  • CSEIP Certification Course, May 18-20, 2021
  • CSEIP Certification Course, June 22-24, 2021
  • CSEIP Certification Course, July 20-22, 2021

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: