CardTech SecurTech 2007 agenda announced

The 17th Annual CardTech/SecurTech (CTST) Conference and Exhibition will take place May 15th – 17th, 2007 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.

The event is North America’s largest card technology conference and exhibition covering secure payment transactions and IT and physical access security. Louis Freeh, former FBI director and author of the best selling book, “My FBI: Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror,” will present the opening keynote and participate in a book signing on May 15th. CTST’s exhibition hall hours are Tuesday, 3:30 – 7:30pm; Wednesday, 10:00am – 5:30pm, and Thursday 10:00am – 3:00pm. The full agenda and registration information are available at

Building markets for new ways to pay is the focus of the CardTech. More than 70 expert speakers examine advances and opportunities within the payments industry for contactless smart cards, Near Field Communications (NFC), mobile payment and other secure and convenient transaction technologies. A hot track this year is “Merchant-Driven Alternative Payment Systems,” with speakers from, Discover, Visa and more. With retailers long rebelling against transaction costs, alternatives to incumbent payment systems are becoming available for the first time in 50 years. In this track moderated by David Evans, founder, Market Platform Dynamics, presenters will examine key aspects of this new payment industry paradigm shift — emerging players, technologies, and opportunities — and debate the viability of these alternatives.

Another highlight is the “CardTech Americas Executive Summit,” a moderated question-and-answer forum with card technology industry leaders. The panel will be moderated by Don Davis, editor and associate publisher, Card Technology published by SourceMedia, with panelists Ernie Berger, president, Gemalto North America; Christian Juettner, group vice president, Giesecke & Devrient; Martin Ferenczi, president, Oberthur USA; and Sigi Eichinger, president, Sagem Orga.

“Contactless Payment Strategies and Markets” follows up on the big breakout of contactless payments by major issuers who put programs in place last year. In this track, moderated by Henry Dreifus, CEO, Dreifus Associates, LTD, attendees will learn about customer demand and security, as well as how initiatives are progressing and what the future holds.

Other timely sessions include the “Canadian EMV Status Report and North American EMV Roundtable” with moderator Catherine Johnston, president and CEO, ACT Canada, and panelists Michel Chalifoux, vice president, Bank of Montreal; William Giles, vice president, emerging technology, Chip Centre of Excellence, MasterCard Worldwide; Kirkland Morris, AVP, strategic policy and programs, Interac; and Allen Wright, director, chip initiatives and emerging technologies, Visa Canada Association; and “Visa’s Pilot Mobile Payments and Services,” led by Pam Zuercher, vice president, product innovation, Visa USA.

Identity management, access convergence and cybersecurity will headline SecurTech Conference. More than 50 expert speakers. Noteworthy among them are: Ned Smith, security architect, Intel Corp; James Van Dyke, president and founder, Javelin Strategy and Research; Shivaram Mysore, senior program manager, Microsoft; Bill Smith, senior director, business strategy, Sun Microsystems; and co-chair, Trusted Computing Group Infrastructure Work Group; and Banjot Chanana, product manager, VeriSign.

A new track — “Advanced ID Management and Cybersecurity” will explore how identity management solutions linked to cards, tokens and software have become critical at an increasing number of organizations dealing with smarter network devices, identity-centric enterprise software and integrated back-end issuance and management services. Moderated by Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance, this track will explore these trends and provide case study examples of successful implementations.

Also timely is a new healthcare track, “Healthcare Card Technologies and Strategies.” Attendees will learn the latest about emerging standards, technology trends and business opportunities. Moderated by Zack Martin, editor, Health Data Management, SourceMedia, presenters in this track will discuss how new healthcare card systems are giving doctors and patients secure access to their personal medical files electronically, and how healthcare and insurance institutions can also benefit from the card’s administrative efficiencies, increased security features and privacy protections.

Also of note are the sessions: “REAL ID Technology Benefits and Challenges,” led by Neville Pattinson, vice president of government affairs and standards, Gemalto North America; “Case Studies in Online Authentication for Banks,” led by Nigel Reavley, director, Xiring; and “Overcoming Organizational Challenges in Security Convergence,” led by Fred Subala, Security and Fire Protection SecureBadge product manager, The Boeing Company.

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