Risk, Rewards and Repercussions, 29-30 September, Gaithersburg, MD

Program Agenda

"How do we balance open access, transparency and accountability with security and privacy?"

As national and international governments endeavor to provide open, transparent and trusted services, the challenges of managing citizens' identities and access to information require careful planning, a strong policy focus, and attention to standards and interoperability.

Identity Management 2009 will provide users who are evaluating or looking to deploy security infrastructures with an opportunity to explore the state-of-the-art in security services, standards and products. It will also offer users the opportunity to present and share their use cases, requirements and experiences with some of the leading experts in this field.


conference keynotes

Peter AltermanPeter Alterman, Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dr. Peter Alterman is Senior Advisor to the NIH CIO for Strategic Initiatives. He served some time as Deputy Associate Administrator for Technology Policy at the General Services Administration. Before that he was Assistant CIO for e-authentication at the National Institutes of Health and Chair of the U.S. Federal PKI Policy Authority. Dr. Alterman serves on numerous government and industry electronic identity management committees and workgroups.

He has been involved in Internet technology since serving on the Federal Research Internet Coordinating Committee in 1989. In 1997, he received the NIH Director's Award for "providing innovative leadership to NIH Executives and Managers by identifying and addressing critical issues in managing the information technologies of NIH." In 2002, he received the E-Gov Pioneer Award and the Potomac Forum Leadership Best Practice Award for the NIH-Educause PKI Interoperability Project. In 2003 he received Special Recognition Awards from the Federal Bridge Certification Authority and the Federal PKI Steering Committee. In 2005 he received a special recognition award from the E-Authentication Partnership for his work on Levels of Assurance determination. In 2008 he received both an NIH Merit Award and an NIH Director's Award for his pioneering work in federated identity management. He received his Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Denver.

Mary Ellen CallahanMary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

March 9, 2009, Mary Ellen Callahan became the Chief Privacy Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Callahan specialized in privacy, data security, and consumer protection law as a partner at Hogan & Hartson, LLP, where she worked for more than ten years. She was the Co-Chair of Online Privacy Alliance, a self-regulatory group of corporations and associations established to create an environment of trust and foster the protection of individuals' privacy online. Ms. Callahan also served as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's Privacy and Information Security Committee of the Antitrust Division.

A frequent author and speaker on privacy issues, she was selected in 2008 as a "Band 1" privacy and data security lawyer in the United States by Chambers and Partners. Ms. Callahan holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to law school, Callahan worked at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress as part of the Special Task Force on the Development of Parliamentary Institutions in Eastern Europe.

The Privacy Office is responsible for privacy compliance across the Department, which includes assuring that the technologies used by the Department to protect the United States sustain, and do not erode, privacy protections relating to the use, collection, and disclosure of personal and Department information. The Privacy Office also has oversight of all privacy policy matters, including compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 (as amended), and the completion of Privacy Impact Assessments, as required by the E-Government Act of 2002 and Section 222 of the Homeland Security Act, (as amended).

Additionally, Ms. Callahan serves as the Department's Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer where responsibilities include assuring consistent and appropriate agency-wide statutory compliance and harmonized program and policy implementation.

Jim HarperJim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, CATO Institute

As director of information policy studies, Jim Harper focuses on the difficult problems of adapting law and policy to the unique problems of the information age. Harper is a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. His work has been cited by USA Today, the Associated Press, and Reuters. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, CBS, and MSNBC, and other media. His scholarly articles have appeared in the Administrative Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Recently, Harper wrote the book Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood. Harper is the editor of Privacilla.org, a Web-based think tank devoted exclusively to privacy, and he maintains online federal spending resource WashingtonWatch.com. He holds a J.D. from UC Hastings College of Law.

Ari SchwartzAri Schwartz, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)

Ari Schwartz is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). Schwartz's work focuses on increasing individual control over personal and public information. He promotes privacy protections in the digital age and expanding access to government information via the Internet. He regularly testifies before Congress and Executive Branch Agencies on these issues.

Schwartz also leads the Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), anti-spyware software companies, academics, and public interest groups dedicated to defeating spyware. In 2006, Schwartz won the RSA award for Excellence in Public Policy for his work building the ASC and other efforts against spyware. He was also named one of the Top 5 influential IT security thinkers of 2007 by Secure Computing Magazine.

Schwartz currently serves as a member of the U.S. Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board.