PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., July 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Smart Card Alliance Government Conference, known as the leading event for ID security, is returning to Washington, D.C. this October with comprehensive coverage of efforts toward strong authentication technology in government identity programs. The 12th annual conference will feature industry leaders speaking on PIV1 credentials, developments in the NSTIC2 initiative, trusted ID on mobile devices, developments in state and local ID programs, advancements in health IT security, and global trends in secure identification.
The 12th Annual Smart Card Alliance Government Conference will be held October 15-16, 2013 with pre-conference workshops on October 14, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Details on this year's agenda and registration can be found at www.GovSmartID.com.
The event will kick off on October 15 with special keynote presentations and executive roundtable discussions on the shifting technology involving digital identities and the policies involving applications in government and commercial access and security.
Attendees will be able to 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.
The conference will feature expanded coverage of initiatives that will see major progress in the next year:
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 received extensive strategic guidance from the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) during recent efforts to ramp up this year's program. Conference sessions and special events will provide an invaluable update on this initiative, established by NIST and involving many business and government organizations in the U.S. and internationally.
- Healthcare ID and Secure Electronic Medical Records
Following recent government efforts to extend standards and policies for electronic health records and to establish health information exchanges, the conference features an expanded agenda for the healthcare sector. Smart health ID cards provide a privacy-sensitive, secure solution with significant benefits to healthcare providers, insurers and patients. Conference sessions will reflect and amplify the industry-leading work of the Smart Card Alliance Healthcare and Identity Councils.
- Mobile Credentials Storage and Security Use Cases
The extension of existing ID credentials and developments for new credentialing programs for use with mobile devices is reshaping how security professionals view the marketplace. Considerable conference session time is being dedicated to this mobile market to provide insight into evolving mobile ecosystem and usage models for mobile security solutions.
In addition to the main program, the Smart Card Alliance is holding a number of pre-conference and other special events in conjunction with the conference:
- User-Centric ID Live Conference & Expo (Oct 15 - 16)
Co-located at Washington Convention Center, the User-Centric ID Live Event is a comprehensive forum to address business challenges and commercial opportunities surrounding user-centric identity. The products and services are being defined that will allow individuals to manage their personal identity across a range of web resources and mobile apps, commercial enterprises, retail and hospitality environments, in the workplace, at security checkpoints, and beyond.
- Kantara Initiative Identity Summit (Oct 14)
The Kantara Initiative is dedicated to providing platforms and resources for the growth and enrichment of the identity landscape.
- CSCIP & CSCIP/G Training & Certification Exam (Oct 14 & 16)
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 October 16 Information on CSCIP requirements, training modules, exam registration and fees can be found on the Smart Card Alliance LEAP website.
- Smart Card Alliance Educational Institute Workshop (Oct 14)
This full day in depth workshop presented by leading industry executives from the Smart Card Alliance enables attendees to get a deeper understanding of the technical and business applications for government identity and security. The workshop details will be announced shortly.
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 August 13. Visit www.GovSmartID.com for more details.
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 http://www.smartcardalliance.org.
1Personal Identity Verification (PIV)
2National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC)
Source:Smart Card Alliance