Inside ID Conference and Expo, founded by industry pioneer Ben Miller and which had its inaugural run last year, is scheduled Nov. 15-17 under new ownership–Jupitermedia Corp. The Washington Convention Center is again the setting for the event that, this year, is being held about three weeks earlier than last.
Mr. Miller who also founded the CardTech/SecureTech conference in 1990 but which he later sold to Thompson Corporation a couple years ago, remains Inside ID’s Conference chairman.
This year’s Inside ID will focus on digital identity, homeland security, identity theft and financial transaction fraud. It will feature discussions on some of the larger U.S. government ID projects currently under way as well as the technology planned to go into those projects.
The complete conference agenda can be seen at: jupiterevents.com/insideid04/glance.html but here are some highlights:
Participants will have three conference tracks from which to choose: Enterprise Identity Management; Government ID Applications; and Technologies and Policies.
If you want to catch the latest on the various U.S. smart card ID programs planned or underway, the Government ID Applications track is the place to be. For example, the afternoon sessions Nov. 15 will focus on Homeland Security with presentations covering the Identity Management Mega Project, the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), the Maritime Administrative Card, and the Registered Traveler Program.
More federal officials will be on hand the next day in the morning session for ID Card Applications for Physical and Logical Access, and in the afternoon for ID in DoD (U.S. Department of Defense). The morning session will include Smart Card Enabled Physical Access for Cross Agency Interoperability and the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Employee Credential: An Integrated Solution. The afternoon session will concentrate on the DoD’s Common Access Card (CAC), featuring DoD’s Solution Set for Personal Identity Protection; Broadening the Identity Range beyond the CAC; Integrating Biometrics with the CAC; and a panel discussion of various DoD suppliers and the DoD on cross credentialing.
Large-Scale Government ID will be the focus in the Government Applications Track on the conference’s final day, Nov. 17. It will include a discussion from federal officials about Document Security and the U.S. Passport: Transitioning to e-Passports. There will also be a presentation on The Role and Future of the (U.S.) Social Security Card: Enhancing the Enumeration Process.
If you’re more interested in how things are made, you’ll probably want to attend the Technologies and Policies Track, which will have sessions on just two days, Monday and Tuesday.
It will, of course, feature the latest discussions on biometrics, including a look at products, trends, and applications, the DoD Biometric Interoperability challenges, Biometric Standards, and deployment issues.
Card Technology will highlight the afternoon session of the Technologies and Policies Track with a look at chip cards, multi-application smart cards, and smart card interoperability standards.
The two sessions in this track Nov. 16 will cover Privacy and Policy and ID Databases and Proofing. The former will look at moral and privacy issues involved with this new technology, including how the Department of Homeland Security is handling data integrity and privacy, proposed principles for biometric use, privacy perspectives on travel documents and a second privacy perspective, this one on ICAO standards for biometrics and contactless passports from the American Civil Liberties Union.
The latter, or afternoon technology session Nov. 16 will include a look at U.S. Patriot Act compliance, positive verification, and advanced systems for detecting ID fraud.
The third track, Enterprise Identity Management, includes five sessions over the three days, covering The State of ID Management: the Need and the Marketplace; Authentication: the Front End of Sound ID Management; Federated Identity: the Quest for Interoperability; Models of Federated ID and Web Services; and Case Studies in ID Management. Sessions include using authentication to access public health records, using hardware tokens in secure transactions, Microsoft’s approach to ID management, and the Electronic Authentication Partnership. Case studies on the final day will cover Boeing’s SecureBadge ID program, Johnson & Johnson’s worldwide PKI implementation, Wells Fargo and digital certificates, and deploying large-scale digital IDs for the pharmaceutical industry.
The conference will also feature three conference-wide keynote presentations:
- Howard A. Schmidt, former White House cyber security advisor and now vice president and chief information security officer for eBay, will discuss “Fostering Strong ID Management Technologies and Processes” at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15;
- C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., assistant secretary for Border and Transportation Security Policy and Planning, Department of Homeland Security, will talk about “Border and Transportation Security Through Enhanced Identification Systems” at 1 p.m. Nov. 15;
- David Weinberger, fellow at Harvard Berkman Center, founder of Evident Marketing, and author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined, will speak about “Checking ID: Anonymity as the Default,” at 10 a.m. Nov. 16.
The Expo, featuring vendors displaying the latest in ID technology (digital, biometrics, etc.) will be open Tuesday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Wednesday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Closing out the conference will be the Electronic Authentication Partnership (EAP) meeting Nov. 17 beginning at 2 p.m.
Next year there will likely be two Inside ID conferences. When Jupitermedia announced it had bought Inside ID from Mr. Miller, the company also indicated it would be holding a spring event in June in San Jose, Calif. in addition to the annual fall event.