Applications for Secure ID Technology
Supports adherance to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards by providing secure access to information for the physician, patient, and pharmacist. Cuts down on fraud, such as “doctor shopping,” and eliminates information problems associated with changing doctors, dentists, or pharmacies, as the card contains medical history, prescriptions, and insurance information.
Secure ID cards contain professional background information, background check information, and provide access to government buildings in cases on emergency. Improves interoperability and expedites deployment of personnel in crises by eliminating identity authentication process.
Provides access to school facilities and contains student account information. Enhances dormitory safety and provides better access to school libraries, gyms, health centers, cafeterias, and other buildings. Enables students to purchase goods and can double as a medical card with school health center.
Contains account information and security settings. Enables patrons to check out books, pay fees, and access electronic resource databases from external computers over the internet. Protects any funds on card in case of loss or theft, as biometric information or PIN is required to access stored value.
Card holds standard driver information, as well as a digital signature and photo. Minimizes fraud, such as counterfeiting, duplication or tampering. Confirms identity and promotes uniformity of information and appearance of licenses (at present, there are over 240 acceptable license formats across the country).
Contains employee information and allows access to network information and specified locations. Alerts security immediately to breaches and abuses.
Contains citizenship, biometric information, and travel information. Serves as positive identification and alerts guards to past criminal activity. Prevents duplication, counterfeiting, or identity theft and expedites border flow. Current applications include ePassports, border crossing cards, and eVisas.
Contains biometrics and background information. Defines access privileges, standardizes credentials, and immediately flags misuse and security breaches. Improves interoperability between ports.
Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 requires a government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification for Federal employees and contractors. The National Institute of Standards and Technology requirements include criteria for verifying an individual employee’s identity. Cards are resistant to identity fraud, tampering, and counterfeiting. Cards will be utilized for identity verification, building access, and network access.
Secure ID News to Know
If there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the past few days since the Internet of Things (IoT) distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) attack gave the Internet brain freeze last Friday is that (1) IoT devices are insecure, (2) we have a really good idea what needs to be done to make them more secure, yet (3) it’s hard to get everyone on the same page in dedicating the resources to actually make them more secure.
While that might seem like a stark truth, it only makes sense given how our economy and legal system works. Since no one company or device was responsible for allowing the attack, there’s no specific organization to shame or blame. Plus, it’s way too easy to point fingers at everyone else in the room and say there was nothing that could’ve been done, as everyone is responsible. Further, security costs money, and at the moment, companies want to pour their resources into grabbing IoT market share, not plugging holes that may or may not cause problems downstream. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking invites regulators and legislators to step in and attempt to dictate technology standards and best practices to address harms, both real and imagined.Read more...
Monday kicked off National Health IT week! While the United States has made progress in moving towards a more modern healthcare system, significant work remains. There’s no disputing that our medical device and health technology companies are the most advanced on the planet, developing the solutions that are diagnosing diseases earlier, expanding treatment options, and improving quality of life. However, when it comes to healthcare and identity—making sure that the correct data is associated with the right patient, and ensuring that that information is able to be shared, analyzed, and acted upon in a timely fashion—the United States lags woefully behind many other developed nations.Read more...
The Secure ID Coalition is thrilled to announce the launch of its new Action Center to build grassroots support for the Medicare Common Access Card Act (H.R.3220/S.1871), a bipartisan measure in Congress that will upgrade the current paper Medicare card with the same secure, electronic smart card trusted by the Department of Defense to authorize access to its most secure IT systems and facilities—including the Pentagon.
Members of Congress have begun to recognize that if we are going to get serious about stopping Medicare fraud, we have to start by modernizing the current paper Medicare card. Last week Bloomberg BNA reported on the latest efforts by members of the House Ways & Means Committee to bring Medicare into the 21st Century by upgrading the Medicare Card. The article summarized efforts in last week's House Ways & Means Committee hearing in which Rep. Peter Roskam highlighted the Medicare Common Access Card Act (click here to watch Rep. Roskam tackle the issue head on).Read more...