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Identity Security Advances, User Experiences on Agenda of 16th Annual SecurTech Conference

Identity Security Advances, User Experiences on Agenda of 16th Annual SecurTech Conference

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/28/06 -- The growing convergence of physical and IT security, biometrics, authentication and technology for fighting fraud and identity theft are some of the key topics scheduled at SecurTech, part of the 16th Annual CardTech/SecurTech (CTST) Conference being held May 2 - 4, 2006 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. CTST is North America's largest card technology conference covering secure payment transactions and IT and physical access security.

The highly interactive three-day conference program will feature more than 50 expert speakers who will address every critical aspect of physical and IT access security, including John Partridge, president and CEO of Inovant, the global IT arm of Visa and the world's largest processor of financial transactions. Partridge will present the opening keynote, which is open to CTST conference attendees, during a luncheon on Tuesday, May 2, following the Card Technology Breakthrough Awards.

Other speakers include William Vass, CIO of Sun Microsystems; Richard Parry, senior vice president, consumer risk management, JPMorganChase; Marc Kekicheff, vice president, Visa International and vice chair, GlobalPlatform; Bruce Schneier, founder and CTO, Counterpane Internet Security; and Fred Subala, security and fire protection product manager, Boeing. The role of card-based technologies in the evolution of digital identity security will be addressed in a keynote luncheon on Wed., May 3, by Olivier Piou, CEO of Axalto.

A workshop on "Biometrics for Access Security" will take a close look at the current state of public acceptance of biometric technologies and how these technologies are helping organizations increase security today. The program will take an in-depth look at the various types of biometrics, including iris, finger, facial, hand and biometric fusion, and provide insight into current implementations from industry leaders.

Sessions on the convergence of physical and IT access will include "Project Planning and Large-Scale Security Strategy," led by Stephanie Dawson, manager, capital programs and technology services department, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and a case study entitled "Leveraging IP Networks for Security Convergence," led by Bill Jacobs, Manager of Corporate Security Systems, Cisco Systems.

Other sessions of note include: "Technologies and Strategies to Fight Fraud and ID Theft," led by James Van Dyke, founder and principal analyst, Javelin Strategy & Research; "Case Study in Global Enterprise Security," led by Allen Rude, corporate security systems manager, Intel; "Integrating Physical and Logical Access Control," led by Mark Diodati, an analyst with Burton Group; a case study entitled "Driving ROI on Smart Card Deployments," led by Kurt Anderson, Global Identity Services, Human Health Informatics, Pfizer; and a workshop on "Foundations of Card Technology for Transactions," moderated by Randy Vanderhoof, executive director, Smart Card Alliance.

SourceMedia's Card Technology magazine is proud to present the Breakthrough awards, recognizing the leading technologies and individual achievements of 2005. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 2, and will be featured in the May issue of Card Technology. Awards will be presented in four categories:

-- Innovation: the biggest advance in card technology
-- Implementation: the most significant implementation of card technology
-- New Markets: the best example of extending the use of smart cards into
   markets that did not previously use the technology
-- Visionary: the individual who did the most to advance the understanding
   and use of advanced card technology.

CTST's Technology Pavilion, located on the exhibit floor, will present a broad range of innovative products and solutions in a showcase format with product descriptions and key technical information. There will be presentations on three fast-growing sectors: biometric technology, contactless technology and NFC technology. The pavilion will be open during exhibit hours. Daily TechTours will begin with moderated panel presentations by industry experts. Participants and guides then depart for an exhibit floor tour, visiting all of the major vendors in a product sector. TechTours will begin in the Technology Pavilion each day according to the following schedule:

Tues., May 2, 4:15-5:30 p.m. -- Biometric Technology
Wed., May 3, 12-1:30 p.m. -- Contactless Technology
Thurs., May 4, 12-1:30 p.m. -- NFC Technology

About CardTech/SecurTech and SourceMedia, Inc.

CTST is America's largest advanced card and biometrics conference, covering secure transaction technology, contactless cards and IT/physical access security convergence. Over 3,500 delegates and 200 exhibiting companies attended CTST in April 2005.

SourceMedia provides market information, including news, analysis and insight to the financial services and related industries such as accounting and technology, through its publications, industry-standard data applications, seminars and conferences.

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