Secure Technology Alliance Highlights Secure Identity-focused Council Accomplishments in 2017

Secure Technology Alliance Highlights Secure Identity-focused Council Accomplishments in 2017

Princeton Junction, N.J., January 31, 2018 – The Secure Technology Alliance’s Access Control, Health and Human Services, Identity, and Internet of Things Security Councils had a successful year in 2017 in raising awareness of the ways secure technology can improve privacy and security in government, enterprise, IoT and healthcare markets.

“The Alliance’s councils are essential in our efforts to stimulate the understanding and adoption of new and emerging secure technologies that protect data, enable secure authentication and facilitate commerce,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Secure Technology Alliance. “These councils made significant strides in achieving this mission in 2017 through providing education, guidance and best practices to a variety of secure identity-focused industries.”

Access Control Council

The Access Control Council redefined its charter in 2017 to focus on a broader set of secure technologies in various form factors, in addition to the smart card, for physical and logical access control.

The council supported government initiatives in 2017, and produced a PIV-enabled physical access control system (PACS) deployment playbook for the GSA CIO; submitted comments on GSA FIPS Evaluation Program “PACS Functional Test Requirements and Test Cases (FRTC),” version 1.1.3; and submitted comments on the NIST Draft SP 800-63 “Digital Identity Guidelines” in collaboration with the Identity Council.

The council also contributed to the Mobile Council’s “Mobile Identity Authentication” white paper, which explores new authentication mechanisms and use cases where authentication is critical; and launched a six-part webinar series, “How to Plan, Procure and Deploy a PIV-Enabled Physical Access Control System,” which is scheduled to continue in 2018.

Health and Human Services Council

The Health and Human Services Council updated its charter to address the understanding, adoption and widespread acceptance of single- and multi-application secure technologies for organizations with a healthcare focus.

In 2017, the council began work on a webinar project based on an infographic, “Healthcare 2.0: A New Paradigm for a Secure and Streamlined Healthcare Industry.” The council will continue development of this project in 2018.

Identity Council

The Identity Council focuses on broader identity authentication solutions leveraging embedded chip technology and privacy- and security-enhancing software. This council is the focal point for the Alliance’s identity-related efforts, and aims to influence standards and best practices and provide a voice in public policy influencing adoption, implementation and use.

In 2017, the council collaborated with the Alliance’s Access Control Council to submit industry comments on the NIST Draft SP 800-63 “Digital Identity Guidelines.” The council also began work on a mobile identity credentials landscape resource.

Internet of Things Security Council

The Internet of Things Security Council aims to develop and promote best practices and provide educational resources on implementing secure IoT architectures using embedded security and privacy.

As part of its 2017 activities, the council published the “IoT and Payments: Current Market Landscape” white paper, which provides an overview of and guidance for developing secure IoT payment applications.

The council also contributed to the development of the 2017 IoT and Payments conference program, and collaborated with the Alliance’s Transportation Council to produce the Smart Cities and Transportation Workshop at the Utah Transit Authority (UTA).
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About the Secure Technology Alliance

The Secure Technology Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption and widespread application of secure solutions, including smart cards, embedded chip technology, and related hardware and software across a variety of markets including authentication, commerce and Internet of Things (IoT).

The Secure Technology Alliance, formerly known as the Smart Card Alliance, invests heavily in education on the appropriate uses of secure technologies to enable privacy and data protection. The Secure Technology Alliance delivers on its mission through training, research, publications, industry outreach and open forums for end users and industry stakeholders in payments, mobile, healthcare, identity and access, transportation, and the IoT in the U.S. and Latin America.

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