About Janice Kephart

Janice Kephart is the founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association, SIBA, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit that represents innovations that secure and protect identity. Ms. Kephart has been counsel to the 9/11 Commission, the US Senate twice, testified before Congress 18 times, was a think tank director for five years, is a frequent guest on every type of media, keynoted conferences, and has her own homeland security radio show.

BORDERPOL International Security meeting set for September 11 in Washington DC; Top officials from around the world participating

This is a guest post by Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA). To bring together the best and the brightest dedicated to helping curtail terrorist travel, and assess its threats, the international nonprofit BORDERPOL is holding it first North America Directorate International Security Meeting “Curtailing Terrorist Travel” September 9-11 in Washington D.C. The conference will move substantively through threats and solutions in visa adjudication, travel document security, international law, air and land ports of inspection,

Assuring lessons learned from the Office of Personnel Management identity and fingerprint cyber theft

This is a guest post by Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA). The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) tapered transparency on the cyber theft of 22.1 million personal records and 1.1 million fingerprints from a combination of electronic live-scans and digital hardcopy fingerprints for use by the Federal Bureau of Investigation has caused perhaps the worst form of identity theft for dedicated US government employees, and may, in some cases, put safety at risk

Air Entry Exit Working Group stocked with all industry players, taking on biometric exit in Congress

This is a guest post by Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA). In October 2014 the Air Entry Exit Working Group was formed by my organization, the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association with the Security Industry Association and sixteen private sector companies including 3M, L-3 Communications, Vision-Box and others. Today, the Working Group includes the Document Security Alliance as well as MorphoTrust and CrossMatch. The latest brouhaha in Congress over border security has the Working

University of Texas at Austin opens first of its kind ID Center

This is a guest post by Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA). Research will inform the public on identity theft and fraud threats and assessments. Austin, TX – With a $5 million grant from the Texas state legislature, the University of Texas at Austin has launched a new Center for Identity to inform the public on identity theft and fraud threats and assessments. In something akin to a digital ribbon cutting ceremony in the heart

Apple Watch and Apple Pay Likely to Receive Different Acceptance Amongst Consumers

This is a guest post by Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA). Last week I received a hurried Wall Street media inquiry regarding my view, on behalf of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA), of the potential market impact of Apple’s release of Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Determining the potential impact and growth of new biometric applications (assuming they work) greatly relies on the consumer’s perception of the product’s utility and security. There

Biometrics Essential to Protecting Unaccompanied Minors Illegally Crossing US Southern Border

This is a guest post by Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has referred over 50,000 children to the Department of Health and Human Services in the past ten months, tasked with caring for the surge of unaccompanied minor children in the past ten months. Over 85 percent of these children – so far over 43,000 – have already been released from federal custody, with 96 percent of these

Biometric Passports and Borders Essential to Saving Lives, Preventing Terrorist Activity

Australian Jahidi’s ISIS Participation Provides More Evidence that 9/11 Commission Recommendations on Biometric Passports and Borders Essential to Saving Lives, Preventing Terrorist Activity “Since the early 1970s numerous terrorist organizations have provided their operatives with a wide variety of spurious documents. After showing their spurious passports and papers at border control, these terrorist operatives have proceeded to hijack airplanes, plant bombs, and carry out assassination. These terrorist acts, however, can be stopped… If we all screen travelers and check their

Why scapegoating face recognition technology as privacy wormhole doesn’t solve anything

Facial recognition technology is facing a blitz of negative media with wormhole-like theories that this technology results in mass surveillance, destroys anonymity, and will forever change the way people behave in public. Advocates of this theory are calling for federal privacy regulation that will give a face a right of privacy it has never had in law to date. While using facial recognition in numerous commercial and internet applications definitely requires transparency and consent, the assumptions about what the technology

Why biometrics are essential in schools: The lunch line

The Florida legislature’s near unanimous vote to ban all biometrics in all schools is one of the most blatant acts of failure to conduct due diligence on behalf of a constituency I have ever seen, and I have worked in Congress twice. In school districts across the United States – in California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, and West Virginia, for example – fingerprint, vein and palm scanners in cafeterias are driving better school experiences, lowering fraud and costs, and creating greater