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Mobile, Online and Healthcare Identity Security Challenges Can be Solved With Smart Card Technology, Speakers Agree at …

11th Annual Smart Card Alliance Government Conference, Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Advances in technology mean more digital and mobile lifestyles
that bring identity and security challenges to government,
enterprise and healthcare markets — challenges that can be solved
with smart card technology, speakers said yesterday at the 11th Annual Smart Card
Alliance Government Conference
. The conference, known as
the leading event for ID security, is being held through today at
the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

National Identity Management

National identity ecosystems were the topic as Jeremy Grant,
senior executive advisor for Identity Management for NIST and
Pierre Boucher, deputy chief information officer for the Government
of Canada, took the stage for their keynote presentations.

Grant updated the audience on the progress of the proposed U.S.
identity ecosystem, the National Strategy for Trusted
Identities in Cyberspace
(NSTIC), for which he heads the
program office. The need for better online identity security
is clear, Grant said, citing an annual 2011 Verizon/Secret Service
data breach study that said 6 out of the 7 top methods for
cyberattacks involved targeting weak passwords, while the number of
Americans affected by data breaches rose by 67 percent, and the
total cost of data breaches was 37 billion dollars.

Grant said implementation of NSTIC is progressing at “a
tremendous pace,” with 5 pilot projects awarded in 2012, and two
more rounds of pilot awards, including one with the public sector
focused on solutions for benefits delivery, are planned for
2013. With regard to smart cards, Grant said that they have a
very important role in the identity ecosystem, and “when it comes
to impact on security, smart card technology has very few
peers.” As far as what solutions would “stick” within the
NSTIC, Grant said those that would compel consumer use the most are
the most likely candidates.

Boucher talked of another national identity ecosystem – in
Canada – that focuses on enabling trust and confidence in
interactions between the public and government. Boucher’s
project will span over several phases, with the first being
complete: the federation of online identity services.
Federation, according to Boucher, “is a stepping stone toward
achieving a citizen-centric model.”

Canadian citizens now have two options available if they wish to
create a trusted online identity. The first is through their
financial institution who acts as a credential broker. Using the
banking authentication service and an NFC-enabled credit/identity
card as a credential, Canadians can gain secure and authenticated
access to government services. With three banks on board,
this option can already serve 10 million consumers. The
second option is to use a government-branded credential service
called GCKey. Through either method, Canadian citizens can
use the same authentication methods for access to federal,
municipal, and provincial government services and, in the future,
for ecommerce. Boucher said the next phase for the project is
to add identity components, which will take 12 to 24 months.


Dr. James J. James, director of the AMA Center for Public Health
Preparedness and Disaster Response, presented an update on a
recently completed AMA pilot program intended to provide smart
healthcare cards to those displaced by a disaster. The need
for the program was made evident in the wake of Hurricane Katrina,
when evacuees were left with no medication and
incomplete/unavailable medical information. The pilot
included two groups of patients with the same clinical
presentations, 20 of which were supplied with a preprogrammed smart
card, and 20 of which that “came as they were,” equipped only with
a driver’s license or whatever form of identification they would
normally carry. Through the use of the smart health card, the
pilot found that almost 20 seconds were saved in evaluation per
patient – which adds up to a lot of time when dealing with millions
of displaced citizens – and many less were sent to the emergency
room. Those with smart cards were also more satisfied with
their care they received, and the timeliness in which they received
it. Overall, Dr. James said smart cards provided the ideal
platform that would “do I.N. A. MOMENT” (meaning “Identify. Notify.
Access. Moment”) because “people are most concerned with receiving
the help they need when they need it.”

Kelli Emerick, the executive director of the Secure ID
Coalition, talked about how smart cards can address the oft talked
about “fiscal cliff,” and the $661 billion worth of cuts necessary
to keep the U.S. from dropping off of it. Specifically, smart
cards can help Medicare, which has an annual deficit of $1.8
billion and $60 billion dollars a year worth of fraud.
Replacing the paper Medicare card with a secure smart card, Emerick
said, would substantially reduce this fraud and result in an ROI of
$296 billion over 10 years. Emerick urged the audience to
support the Medicare Common Access Card Act (H.R.2925/S.1551) which
would allow pilots to show the “virtues and benefits” of a Medicare
smart card.

Mobile Credentials

George Schu, senior vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton, spoke
on the big initiatives going on in the world of cybersecurity in
government and the enterprise, particularly in the realm of mobile
identity credentials. While the use of mobile devices within
the workplace boosts productivity and is overall good for business,
he said, the devices “become attractive target because they are
always on and loaded with sensitive information.” To combat
this, the industry needs to define a new role for smart cards to
secure credentials in the mobile phone. Schu said, “Nothing is more
fundamental to the security of an enterprise than strong
credentials, and the fusion of logical and physical access
control,” noting the importance of smart card-based identity
credentials and the work of the Smart Card Alliance.

For more news from the Smart Card Alliance, visit

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.

Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mobile-online-healthcare-identity-security-133101279.html

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