Mobile PIV Usage, NSTIC, and Healthcare Security the Focus of Smart Card Alliance 11th Annual Government Conference

Princeton Junction, New Jersey, UNITED STATES

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Sept. 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Smart Card Alliance Government Conference will return to the Washington Convention Center this November with comprehensive coverage of efforts toward strong authentication technology in government identity programs.  The 11th Annual Conference, known as the leading event for ID security, will feature more than 75 industry leaders speaking on Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials, developments in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) initiative, trusted ID on mobile devices, developments in state and local ID programs, and global trends in secure identification.

The Smart Card Alliance 11th Annual Government Conference will be held November 28-29, with pre-conference workshops on November 27, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.  Details on the agenda, pricing, sponsors and exhibitors, and registration can be found on the Smart Card Alliance website.

The event will kick off on November 28 with special keynote presentations from: Mike McConnell, former director of National Intelligence; Pierre Boucher, deputy chief information officer for the Government of Canada; Jeremy Grant, senior executive advisor for identity, NIST; and Admiral (Ret.) Betsy Hight, vice president, cybersecurity practice, HP Enterprise Services.

Attendees will then choose among multiple identification, security technology, and policy track panels to create their own customized conference experience.  Conference speakers, panels, and roundtable discussions will cover the latest identity management and security trends affecting government and commercial security programs, including mobile credentials, healthcare, cybersecurity, and international e-government programs.  Attendees can also visit the exhibit hall to see technology demonstrations from more than 50 exhibitors.

New to the conference is expanded coverage of initiatives that will see major progress in the next year:         

     --- National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). NSTIC is a public/private effort to develop an identity ecosystem that will permit individuals to obtain a secure credential to authenticate themselves for a variety of online transactions. The Smart Card Alliance provided extensive strategic guidance during recent efforts to ramp up this program. Conference sessions and special events will provide an invaluable update on this game-changing initiative.

     --- Healthcare ID and Secure Electronic Medical Records. Following recent government efforts, the conference features an expanded agenda for the healthcare sector. Smart health ID cards provide a privacy-sensitive, secure solution for public and private healthcare with significant benefits to healthcare providers. Conference sessions will reflect and amplify the industry-leading work of the Smart Card Alliance Healthcare and Identity Councils.

The Smart Card Alliance will offer pre-conference special interest workshops on November 27 including a Smart Card Alliance Educational Institute mobile credentials workshop, a Kantara Initiative identity workshop, and a federal government-led Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) Information Day.

Also on November 27, the Smart Card Alliance is offering a full-day Training and Exam Preparation Course for the Certified Smart Card Industry Professional (CSCIP) and government-oriented CSCIP/G certifications. The CSCIP and CSCIP/G exams will be administered at the conference on November 29 at 5:15 p.m.  Information on CSCIP requirements, training modules, exam registration and fees can be found on the Smart Card Alliance LEAP website.

The conference is open to all individuals and organizations who wish to learn about the role of smart cards in government.  Smart Card Alliance member organizations and government employees receive complimentary or discounted pricing for single day or full conference registrations.  Early registration discounts are available through October 16.  Industry sponsors for the conference include Deloitte, Gemalto, HP, Oberthur Technologies and Xtec. 

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. 

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought.  The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America.  For more information please visit



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