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The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected Kathleen Carroll as the 2020 recipient of the SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award, which recognises individuals for excellence in SIA committees and advancing member objectives. SIA will present Carroll with the honour at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, during ISC West. Carroll chairs the SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board and is the founder and managing partner of Seven Seas Strategic Communications, a full-service public relations and government affairs firm offering strategic planning, writing, media relations and event planning. With more than 30 years of experience, she has worked with companies in diverse industries, designing public relations and government affairs programs and strategies that help build business and garner attention and support for clients’ key goals and objectives. Internet of Things She previously served as vice president of corporate communications for HID Global, overseeing the development and implementation of public relations and government affairs programs. She has testified before Congress on a range of topics, including the use of secure identification documents in airports, and has testified in several states on the use of secure credentials for physical and logical access control, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things and privacy. I am also grateful to SIA for recognising early on that privacy and security should be complementary" “I am honoured to be recognised as Chairperson of the Year. The Data Privacy Advisory Board members have made it easy to chair this committee, and I thank them for their commitment, dedication and active participation,” said Carroll. “I am also grateful to SIA for recognising early on that privacy and security should be complementary. As important has been the support that the advisory board has received from Ron Hawkins and the rest of the SIA staff. Educating and informing the security industry about data privacy motivates me daily, and chairing the Data Privacy Advisory Board allows me to work with like-minded leaders in the industry to spread the word. Privacy matters.” Mitigating risk of data breaches SIA’s Data Privacy Advisory Board provides information and best practices to help SIA members handle sensitive data in a safe and secure manner to protect the personally identifiable information of their employees, partners and customers from potential breaches. The board leverages the collective expertise of industry professionals, law enforcement, security practitioners and data privacy experts to inform and educate SIA member companies about methods for mitigating the risk of data breaches. As chair of the Data Privacy Advisory Board, Carroll has spearheaded a number of notable efforts, including outreach to key integrators, office visits to members of Congress, the development of the Data Privacy Microlearning Series, a self-paced online course exploring key privacy issues, regulations and risks, and the creation of a data privacy primer for the security industry and several additional data privacy resources, including guidance documents to help firms navigate the business impact of the California Consumer Privacy Act and Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation. Additionally, Carroll authored an opinion letter on the need for a federal privacy law that was published in the New York Times. ISC West 2020 Kathleen’s leadership has helped position SIA as a thought leader on this critical issue" “During her time as advisory board chair, Kathleen Carroll has increased awareness of data privacy issues throughout the security industry,” said Don Erickson, SIA CEO. “Kathleen’s leadership has helped position SIA as a thought leader on this critical issue, and we look forward to recognising her for her outstanding achievements at The Advance this year.” The Advance will take place during ISC West 2020 on Tuesday, March 17, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Sands Convention Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to the presentation of the Committee Chair of the Year Award, attendees will enjoy a high-impact presentation from William Wilkins, executive director of global security operations at Valero Energy Corporation, on the chief security officer framework and key lessons for security professionals. SIA will also review key association business, exchange market intelligence for the year ahead and present the SIA Chairman’s Award, Member of the Year Award and Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award. Attendees of The Advance will receive complimentary lunch and have the opportunity to network with industry colleagues. Learn more and register to attend.
Ms. Carroll recommended measures of biometric identity authentication and liveness detection Representing the Security Industry Association (SIA) on Wednesday, Feb. 3, Kathleen Carroll, Vice President, Government Affairs, HID Global Corp., made recommendations to Congress to strengthen security credentials at U.S. airports. Use of biometric authentication In testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets, Ms. Carroll specifically explored several ways to improve security credentials endorsed by the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, a body of private and public sector representatives providing counsel to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Ms. Carroll, who serves as chair of SIA’s Government Relations Committee, called for wider adoption of biometric confirmation of identity for badge issuance and random auditing capture of a biometric template for security identification display area badge (SIDA) applicants. “Biometrics are already in use at several airports, including BWI and SFO,” Ms. Carroll said in her prepared testimony. “These biometric deployments enhance security by tying the SIDA badge to the holder of the badge. Further, biometric technology has improved substantially in recent years and industry continues to invest in further advancements.” Liveness detection A key measure to ensure appropriate use of biometrics would be “liveness detection,” which eliminates spoofing, Ms. Carroll said. Liveness detection helps to verify identity through reading an individual's physiological signs of life. “For example, liveness detection solves the worry around the biometrics that were stolen in the OPM [Office of Personnel Management] breach. Biometrics information is worthless if it isn’t usable. With liveness detection, the only way it is usable is if the living human being presents their biometrics.” Federated model for airport employee credentials Ms. Carroll also called for airport worker credentials to follow a federated model. “Many airport employees work at multiple airports and often need to go through the vetting process and carry a badge for each airport. In a federated model, such as the U.S. government’s Personal Identity Verification (PIV) programme, each federal employee is vetted to an acceptable and known process across all federal agencies.” Multiple credentialing often requires employees to carry a variety of documents with them and thereby increases security risks through exposing sensitive information, she added.
HID Global’s Lumidigm biometrics solutions combine convenience with security by using patented multispectral imaging technology HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, recently announced it will showcase its Lumidigm® biometrics solutions for banking, healthcare and citizen ID applications in booth #200 at the connect:ID Conference, from March 23-25, 2015 in Washington D.C. Four company executives are participating in the conference program, where they will deliver the opening remarks, speak at the evening reception, lead a panel discussion on the future of identity, and speak on topics including assured authentication in healthcare and the privacy implications of facial recognition. connect:ID will be held at in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. HID Global executive participation during the conference includes: Robert Harbour, IBIA Chairman and executive director, Biometrics with HID Global will provide opening remarks to welcome delegates. Phil Scarfo, vice president Global Marketing, Biometrics with HID Global: Scarfo will lead the conference’s opening panel entitled “The Launchpad: Identity in a Brave New World,” on Monday, March 23 at 12:40 p.m. Greg Sarrail, vice president Solutions Business Development, Biometrics with HID Global: Sarrail will be speaking on how to use assured authentication in healthcare to secure access for patients and providers. His presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. Kathleen Carroll, vice president of Corporate Affairs with HID Global: Carroll will speak at the conference evening reception on Tuesday, March 24, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., and participate in a spotlight panel on facial recognition that will take place on Wednesday, March 25 at 1 p.m. HID biometrics HID Global’s Lumidigm biometrics solutions combine convenience with security by using patented multispectral imaging technology to make fingerprint authentication and identification more robust, more inclusive, and more reliable than other fingerprint sensor alternatives for mainstream applications including verifying identity at bank tellers and ATMs. The technology uses multiple light spectrums and advanced optical techniques to extract unique fingerprint characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin, ensuring there is enough detail, even under less-than-optimal environmental conditions, to deliver reliable biometric authentication.