Lockstep speaking at Safeguarding Australia
[10 Aug 06] Stephen will speak on smartcards as critical infrastructure at the Homeland Security Summit.
A new paper, "A manifesto for smartcards as national information infrastructure" has been selected in the peer-reviewed stream at the 5th Homeland Security Summit, Canberra, 21 September 2006. The brochure is attached.
Lockstep clients and affiliates are eligible for a discounted registration; please contact email@example.com for details.
See also http://www.safeguardingaustraliasummit.org.au/Program.html#rnsaprogram
The smartcard debate in Australia is beset by misconceptions and tunnel vision. Smartcards are best known as the ideal solution to plastic card fraud, but they also offer unique remedies to the scourges of phishing, pharming, web fraud and spam. A host of novel two factor authentication devices are on the market, yet few of them can stop web fraud. Governments' electronic service delivery ambitions are expanding; profound benefits are rightly anticipated from electronic health records, electronic passports and driver licences, e-voting and online census collection. These programmes carry the most acute needs for privacy and security. If Australians using the Internet fear eavesdropping and identity takeover, then the nation should be introducing properly engineered smartcards as soon as possible and taking a uniform approach to all online identity. The potential benefits of smartcards in safeguarding privacy and security are so strong that they should be viewed as part of the National Information Infrastructure.