Mark Crego, Janice Kephart form identity strategy consultancy firm

February 3, 2017 - 

Mark Crego and Janice Kephart have formed a new independent identity strategy consultancy firm called Identity Strategy Partners, LLP (IdSP), which is designed to provide technical and policy expertise in the identity market.

The founding partners have a combined experience of nearly 35 years in identity expertise spanning federal governments, the 9/11 Commission, private industry, think tank and non-profit leadership.

IdSP is being established to provide strategic vision to the many identity-related issues, with the company release citing examples of President Trump’s recent executive order to complete and implement a biometric immigration entry/exit program, as well as the revamp of Homeland Security’s identity management system.

Crego recently retired after 18 years at Accenture, where he served as managing director for the company’s global practice unit.

This includes the five years he served as the chief architect for the Department of Homeland Security’s US VISIT, which is known today as the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM)..

Following US VISIT, he led the Accenture program for Biometric Services in India’s biometric-first national identity program, Aadhaar.

“Creating a partnership with Janice Kephart fills a vast need in the complex world of how we establish policies and architect solutions that establish, verify and store identity,” Crego said. “The world will only become increasingly dependent on how we identify ourselves as individuals and as nations. We need to get identity right, and few people understand why and how to do that from a policy standpoint like Janice.”

Kephart has 16 years of experience as a policy driver in the identity sector, serving as border counsel to the 9/11 Commission and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee twice, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometric Association and its Air Entry-Exit Working Group, Homeland Security director at MorphoTrak, and Americas director for BORDERPOL.

She has extensive experience in strategic technical solutions, government programs, policy development and communications, which resulted in 19 requests to testify before Congress and hundreds of media appearances and dozens of speaking engagements.

“Our success and security as a nation and world are heavily dependent upon getting identity right. I am so thrilled to be partnering with someone of Mark Crego’s deep technical calibre,” Kephart said. “We both believe that what can be and what should be is the solution driver, not what is. We believe in making things really happen, not just talking about them. And when we talk policy, it is to effect positive change. Equally important, we believe in teamwork and ethical responsibility, and our goal is to exemplify that as IdSP grows.”

IdSP’s strategic outcomes and deliverables include identity-focused strategic, communications and enterprise architecture plans that span national and physical IDs and systems, biometric solutioning and deliverables, and commercial and access control systems with a security nexus.

In addition, the organization specializes in the areas of business development, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, communications, macro and micro policy development, education and public speaking.

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