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Identity Council

The concept of a secure identity has become a critically important issue for citizens, governments, enterprises and any organization that determines rights and privileges for individuals. Identity is important when determining voting rights, allowing access to buildings and computer systems as well as issuing driving privileges, authorizing financial transactions, obtaining medical services, enabling travel and facilitating many other aspects of life. Identity and identification documents are factors in crimes involving identity fraud that cause sizable financial loss and can be misused as tools of terrorism. Both the ability to obtain or create credible counterfeit documents and the ability to obtain genuine ones under false pretenses are threats to identity security.

The Identity Council is focused on promoting best policies and practices concerning person and machine identity, including strong authentication and the appropriate authorization across different use cases. Through its activities the Council encourages the use of digital identities that provide strong authentication across assurance environments through smart credentials – e.g., smart ID cards, mobile devices, enhanced driver’s licenses, and other tokens. The Council furthermore encourages the use of smart credentials, secure network protocols and cryptographic standards in support of digital identities and strong authentication on the Internet.

The Council addresses the challenges of securing identity and develops guidance for organizations so that they can realize the benefits that secure identity delivers. The Council engages a broad set of participants and takes an industry perspective, bringing careful thought, joint planning, and multiple organization resources to bear on addressing the challenges of securing identity information for proper use.

The Council works on projects to raise awareness of the issues that organizations and the public face in implementing and using identity systems and to promote the use of the appropriate policies, procedures and technologies to solve these issues. Council activities include:

Download description of Council mission, activities and membership

Identity Council Resources and Publications

Identity Management

Identity Management in Healthcare

Mobile Identity

NSTIC

Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credentials and FIPS 201

See other Smart Card Alliance publications on secure identity applications.

Identity Council Activities

The Council is currently working on projects to raise awareness of the issues that organizations and the public face in implementing and using identity systems and to promote the use of the appropriate technologies to solve these issues. Council activities include:

Council Management

The Identity Council is managed by a steering committee made up of participants from across the identity, security and smart card industry. The Identity Council officers are:

Current steering committee members are:

Council Membership

The Identity Council is one of several Smart Card Alliance Technology and Industry Councils. Council participation is open to any Smart Card Alliance member who wishes to contribute to the Council projects.

The Smart Card Alliance recognizes the top three individual contributors in each of the industry councils and the council “honor roll” – the individuals who were leading contributors and participants in the council projects and activities.

Smart Card Alliance members who are active in the Identity Council include: