The Better Identity Coalition

2019 Policy Forum

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2019 Policy Forum

  • Venable, LLP 600 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

Identity, Authentication and the Road Ahead: A Cybersecurity Policy Forum

Sponsored by Better Identity Coalition, ID Theft Resource Center, FIDO Alliance, and National Cyber Security Alliance

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So far 2019 has been yet another year where identity is the most exploited attack vector in online breaches. Passwords keep getting phished, new account fraud is at a record high, and companies and consumers continue to struggle to prove that they are not a proverbial “dog on the Internet.”

On Wednesday, October 16, the Better Identity Coalition, the FIDO Alliance, the ID Theft Resource Center (ITRC), and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) will come together to present “Identity, Authentication, and the Road Ahead: A Cybersecurity Policy Forum.”

This full-day event will feature:

  • Keynotes from Congressman Bill Foster, Microsoft’s Alex Weinert, and other government and industry leaders

  • A fireside chat with identify theft victims – detailing the pain and damage caused by vulnerabilities in America’s identity systems

  • Discussions on new changes to government policy that will help to address pain points in our identity infrastructure

  • Updates on new products and standards like FIDO that can make authentication both more secure and easier to use for industry and government alike

  • Discussions on what can be done to drive better identity in America

Agenda (Updated Oct. 10)

8:00 AM              Registration + Coffee and Breakfast

9:00 AM              Welcome and Introduction
Jeremy Grant, Managing Director of Technology Business Strategy, Venable LLP 
Andrew Shikiar, Executive Director, FIDO Alliance

9:15 AM              Opening Keynote
U.S. Congressman Bill Foster

9:40 AM              Industry Keynote           
Alex Weinert, Director of Identity Security, Microsoft Group                      

10:00 AM           Panel: Synthetic Identity Fraud - Battling "Digital Frankensteins"
Moderator: Matthew Donahue, ITRC Board Member
Mike Timoney, Vice President, Secure Payments, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Ken Meiser, Chief Compliance and Consumer Support Officer, Symantec 
Jason Kratovil, Executive Director, Consumer First Coalition                       

10:40 AM           Break                           

11:00 AM           GGA & ITRC Research Session
Vladimir Poletaev,
Vice President of Global Business Development, Generali Global Assistance

11:15 AM           Fireside Chat with ID Theft Victims

11:45 AM ITRC Spotlight - Shifting of Legal Burden to Consumers after Breaches

Noon                 Lunch                         

12:30 PM           Lunchtime Keynote        
Grant Schneider, Senior Director for Cybersecurity, National Security Council; and Federal Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Management and Budget  

1:00 PM              Spotlight Session: ID Ministry and Challenges with Getting ID in America
Reverend Ben Roberts,
Director of Social Justice, Foundry United Methodist Church

1:15 PM              Panel: The Path to "Better Identity"        
Moderator: Jeremy Grant
Nishant Kaushik, Chief Technology Officer, Uniken
Brett DeWitt, Director of Public Policy, Mastercard 
Tracy Hulver, Vice President, Identity, Idemia                  

1:50 PM              FIDO Alliance and the Path to the Post-Password World
Andrew Shikiar

2:10 PM              Panel: New Options for Authentication in Government  
Moderator: Paul Grassi, Partner and SVP of Cybersecurity and Identity Management, Easy Dynamics
David Treece, Senior Solutions Architect, Yubico
Andy Ramsey, Federal Account Executive, Duo Security       
Jonathan Hooper, Innovation Specialist/Software Developer, 18F  (, General Services Administration)         

2:45 PM              Break                

3:00 PM              Panel: Identity and Authentication in Financial Services  
Moderator: Jeremy Grant
Sumita Jonak, Strategic Innovation Director, USAA
Don Cardinal, Managing Director, Financial Data Exchange (FDX)
Eric Woodward, Group President, Risk Solutions, Early Warning Services (EWS)                  

3:40 PM              Closing Keynote
Rajive Mathur,
Chief Information Officer, U.S. Social Security Administration       

4:00 PM              Adjourn