PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., September 23, 2008 â€“ The Smart Card Alliance Identity Council raised awareness of the security issues surrounding citizen-facing U.S. government identity initiatives last year, including enhanced driverâ€™s licenses and border crossing documents. The Council today announced new officers and steering committee, last yearâ€™s accomplishments, and upcoming projects.
"The Identity Council has been successful this year in pinpointing threats to identity security, and showing how the correctly chosen technology can solve these issues," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.
The Identity Council was active in developing educational resources describing the benefits that smart card technology can bring to states for improved security and cost-efficiency in the delivery of state-operated programs, such as driverâ€™s licenses that comply with the REAL ID Act. These benefits were outlined in the white paper, Smart Card Technology: The Right Choice for REAL ID, published last January. Additionally, the Council reached out to state governors about the technology choices for enhanced driverâ€™s licenses, and held a congressional briefing on the topic.
The Identity Council also reviewed the technology for border crossing identity documents and published the white paper, The Consequences to Citizen Privacy and National Security in Adopting RFID Technology for Border Crossing Identity Documents in October 2007.
The Identity Council provides educational material that helps organizations select the appropriate technology for new identity initiatives in order to protect individuals' identities and private information," said newly-elected Chair Stephen P. Howard, Thales e-Security. "Recent data breaches illustrate that the proper use of technology to secure identities is important in both enterprises and government."
This year Council projects include developing white papers that discuss how the U.S. government's Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201 can be used as the model for enterprise identity programs and emergency response official credentialing programs and publishing case studies showcasing organizations that have implemented secure identity systems with smart card technology.
The Identity Council is made up of more than 90 individuals from 49 end user, chip vendor, systems integrator, card vendor, biometrics provider, identity system and software vendor organizations. Newly elected new officers and steering committee are:
Government smart card identity and security initiatives will be explored further at the 7th Annual Smart Cards in Government Conference, held October 22 â€“ 24, 2008 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtown Washington, D.C. Register for the conference by visiting the Smart Cards in Government Web site.