Smart Card Talk : July 2009 : Volume 14 : Number 7

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Executive Director’s Letter

Dear members and friends of the Alliance,

Day after day I read about two big information security problems in the Smart Card Alliance Daily News Summary and other news sources I subscribe to. One involves health records – making health information easily exchanged while keeping it safe and private – and the other involves payment transactions – keeping transactions flowing freely through the networks while protecting transaction information from sophisticated data pirating attacks. Both industries are facing fraud problems but are at somewhat opposite extremes when it comes to their experience in dealing with the problem and the direction they are heading.

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Member Profile: Giesecke & Devrient America, Inc. – Interview with Brian Russell

This month, Smart Card Talk spoke with Brian Russell, Vice President, Payment Solutions, Giesecke & Devrient America, Inc. Mr. Russell is based at G&D’s U.S. headquarters in the technology corridor of Northern Virginia and is responsible for overseeing the sales and marketing of G&D’s banking products in U.S. market.

Before coming to G&D in January 2009, Mr. Russell served as General Manager–Financial Services for Catalina Marketing in Purchase, NY, heading their financial services business, which provided behavior based marketing services leveraging predictive modeling to the Banking Industry. Prior to that Mr. Russell worked at MyPoints, a subsidiary of United Airlines, where he led the development, sales and delivery of multi channel customer acquisition and loyalty solutions to major banking partners. Before heading to MyPoints, Mr. Russell spent 7 years with MasterCard Worldwide where he helped create and implement MasterCard’s global smart card strategy and e-commerce and mobile commerce efforts as they related to smart cards. Mr. Russell was Project Manager for MasterCard’s launch of Mondex in New York City as well as responsible for smart card sales in the Americas. Mr. Russell has also worked for Donnelley Marketing, Dun & Bradstreet and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

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Feature of the Month

What Makes a Smart Card Secure?

Smart card technology is used worldwide to provide essential security functionality in identity and payment systems. Smart cards are portable, personal security devices that can securely carry sensitive information, enable secure transactions, validate an individual’s identity within a secure system, and verify that an information requestor is authorized to access the information carried on the card. Smart cards not only maintain the integrity of the information stored on the card, but also make it available for secure interactions with the overall system.

This is the first in a series of articles that reviews security considerations in smart card-based systems. This articles starts the series by providing an overview of the security measures designed into the smart card secure IC.

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