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Smart Card Alliance becomes Secure Technology Alliance

Thursday 16 March 2017

The Smart Card Alliance, the US-based organization known for propelling the adoption of smart card technology as the global standard for payment, identity, access and mobile application security, announced it is expanding its charter to include a broader range of security and privacy-enhancing technologies. To reflect this expanded mission, the Smart Card Alliance will be changing its name to the Secure Technology Alliance.

 

Smart card technology will remain a priority for the Secure Technology Alliance, while the scope of technologies that the organization focuses on broadens to include embedded chip technology and related hardware and software that enable privacy and data protection for end users and industry stakeholders in payments, cybersecurity, mobile, healthcare, identity and access, transportation and Internet of Things applications.

 

With industry dialogue and education continuing to be top priorities for the organization, existing industry council activities, conferences, and education and training programs initiated by the Smart Card Alliance will continue and evolve. These programs will incorporate additional security technologies and applications, such as those used for IoT and mobility applications, under the expanded scope of the Secure Technology Alliance.

 

Secure Technology Alliance activities will include:

 

  • Influencing standards and best practices that are relevant to the understanding, adoption and widespread application of secure solutions, including smart cards, embedded chip technology, and related hardware and software,
  • Serving as an educational resource to its members and industry stakeholders implementing secure solutions,
  • Providing a forum for cutting-edge discussions and projects on issues surrounding the implementation of secure solutions,
  • Maintaining a voice in public policy that affects adoption and implementation of smart card, embedded chip and other security technologies,
  • Supporting the adoption and implementation of smart cards and smart card technology.

 

The Secure Technology Alliance is governed by an elected Board of Directors that plays a fundamental role in guiding the expansion of the organization’s mission. The board is led by its Executive Committee, whose members are:

 

  • Chair: Brian Russell, Giesecke & Devrient,
  • Vice Chair: Jack Jania, Gemalto,
  • Treasurer: Brian Stein, CH2M,
  • Assistant Treasurer: Morgan Richard, XTec,
  • Secretary: Thomas Lockwood, NextGenID,
  • Technology Vice Chair: Kelly Urban, First Data Corporation.

 

Randy Vanderhoof is the Executive Director of the Secure Technology Alliance. In addition to his leadership role with the Secure Technology Alliance, in August 2012 he became the Director of the EMV Migration Forum (since renamed the US Payments Forum), an independent, cross-industry organization established to support the alignment of global payment networks, regional payment networks, issuers, processors, merchants, and industry suppliers to promote the efficient, timely, and effective introduction of EMV chip technology and other new and emerging payments technologies in the United States that protect the security of, and enhance opportunities for payment transactions within the United States.

 

Prior to joining the Secure Technology Alliance, he spent a majority of his professional career in management positions with a number of global organizations involving smart card identity and payments technology including IBM Global Smart Card Solutions, First Access, and Schlumberger (now Gemalto).

 

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.

 

There is also a Latin America division, “SCALA – Smart Card Alliance Latin America”. It is a chapter organization of the Smart Technology Alliance. SCALA achieves its objectives through specific projects such as: Educational Programs, a Center of Excellence, Market Research, Case Studies, Roadmaps, Online Resources, relations with industries affected by our technology and open forums, keeping its members connected with industry leaders and innovative thought.

 

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 US and Latin America.