Identity as the Great Enabler – Perspectives from the United States

Jeremy Grant

When “done right”, strong customer identity and authentication solutions are not something to fear but something to embrace – they become the “great enabler” of more efficient, bespoke transactions that delight customers.

With increasing intersection of identity and payments across the world – the need to build strong identity solutions baked into online and mobile payments is critical. Is it possible to have strong authentication that not only does not degrade the user experience, but actually enhances it?

Join Jeremy Grant in this eye-opener keynote where he shares experience from leading the National Program Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), the first new cybersecurity program launched by the Obama Administration.

He will discuss:

  • some perspective on where we’ve been – both in the U.S. and Europe – on identity, and look ahead to where we’re going, both on government and industry efforts.
  • How identity solutions can be synced with online and mobile payments
  • On the recent battle over the PSD2 authentication rules, are some of the panic from companies in the payments space tied to them not looking hard enough for the right authentication solutions?  Can there be strong authentication which still satisfies user experiences?

 

Jeremy Grant a Managing Director at The Chertoff Group, where he works with the Firm’s clientele to develop growth strategies, identify market solutions and advise on policy impacts across the information technology, transactions and cybersecurity sectors. In this role, Mr. Grant utilizes his diverse background and deep understanding of business, technical and policy issues around identity, privacy and cybersecurity, having served in a range of leadership positions spanning government and industry. Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Mr. Grant established and led the National Program Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), the first new cybersecurity program launched by the Obama Administration. Housed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Mr. Grant led the Administration’s activities across private and public sectors to drive a marketplace of more secure, privacy-enhancing identity solutions for online services. In this role, Mr. Grant coordinated development of a common shared identity service for citizen-facing government digital applications and helped establish the private-sector led Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, which is crafting a framework of standards and rules to enable a trusted online environment that can validate the identities of individuals securely with minimal disclosure of personal information. Mr. Grant also led efforts to improve identity and authentication for individuals and devices in the NIST Roadmap for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Grant was the Chief Development Officer for ASI Government, a government services consulting firm, where he was responsible for driving growth, both organically and through M&A. Previously, he spent three years at Washington Research Group as the firm’s identity, cybersecurity, and government technology market analyst, where he covered identity and security stocks. Earlier he served as Vice President for Enterprise Solutions at MAXIMUS, where he led the division’s Security and Identity Management practice, playing a major role in a number of major federal identity and security programs. Mr. Grant began his career as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, where he drafted legislation laying the groundwork for the Department of Defense and civilian agency smart card and PKI efforts. Mr. Grant is a frequent speaker at major industry events and has been featured on C-SPAN, CBS Evening News, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. GovInfoSecurity magazine named him one of the top 10 influencers in Government IT Security in 2015. Mr. Grant is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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