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IDESG’s Top Officers to Speak at the Smart Card Alliance Government Conference

Healthcare ID, Biometric Technology, Cyber Security Strategies are Hot Topics

WASHINGTON, DC (June 8, 2015) – The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) – an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to developing the Identity Ecosystem Framework – today announced that all three of its corporation officers will be participating at the upcoming Smart Card Alliance Government Conference being held June 9–10 in Washington, DC. This event – the largest annual gathering of government identity professionals – is attended by federal agencies and industry leaders involved with setting the standards for identity credentialing and access security.

This year’s conference features comprehensive coverage of the latest efforts toward strong authentication technology in government identity programs, including Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials, trusted ID on the Internet and on mobile devices, developments in state and local ID and evolving global standards. There is also a special focus on the healthcare sector as well as an expanded look at biometric security solutions.

WHAT: Smart Card Alliance Government Conference
WHEN: June 9–10, 2015
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC

Other key leadership positions include:

  • “Uncovering the Challenges Agencies Are Facing To Use 2 Factor Authentication”—Sal D’Agostino, Founder and CEO, IDmachines and IDESG President and Management Council Delegate – Small Business and Entrepreneurs
  • “Government Use Cases for High Assurance Credentials”—Mark DiFraia, Senior Director of Market Development, MorphoTrust and IDESG Secretary and Management Council Delegate at Large
  • “GAO Report on the Use of Identity Cards for Medicare”—Neville Pattinson, Senior Vice President for Government Sales, Gemalto and IDESG Treasurer and Management Council Delegate – Security
  • “IDESG: An Update on v.1 of the Identity Ecosystem Framework”—Marc-Anthony Signorino, IDESG Executive Director

Click here for more information about this conference.


Members of the media interested in learning more about IDESG or the Identity Ecosystem Framework are invited to contact Mary Alice Johnson at (571) 323-2585, ext. 2140, or by email at (link sends e-mail).

About the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG)

IDESG is a voluntary, public-private partnership dedicated to developing the Identity Ecosystem Framework to enable the creation of an Identity Ecosystem. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), signed by the President in April 2011, states, “A secure cyberspace is critical to our prosperity.” This powerful declaration makes clear that securing cyberspace is absolutely essential to increasing the security and privacy of transactions conducted over the Internet. The Identity Ecosystem envisioned in the NSTIC is an online environment that will enable people to validate their identities securely, but with minimized disclosure of personal information when they are conducting transactions.


Media Contact
Mary Alice Johnson
ConnellyWorks, Inc. for IDESG
(571) 323-2585, ext. 2140

This announcement was prepared by the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, Inc. using Federal funds under award 70NANB14H215 from the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIST, NSTIC, or the U.S. Department of Commerce.