MITRE Helps Organize Global Identity Summit 2015

September 21, 2015

“Identity is the new currency,” says Hector Hoyos, an inventor of technologies that help prove people are who they say they are. “Identity is as much a currency as gold or dollars right now.” Starting Monday, Hoyos and about 1,800 other identity experts from the government, military, academia and private sector will meet in Tampa for the Global Identity Summit, a four-day event at the Tampa Convention Center that organizers call the most important annual gathering there is for determining the future of how people are identified.

The summit helps the federal government and the identity community “plan their future strategic initiatives properly,” says Duane Blackburn, science and policy analyst for the MITRE Corp. and co-chairman of the summit’s planning committee. “We’ll be discussing a variety of technologies such as biometrics, smart cards, biographic analyses and even DNA. We’ll also investigate several identity systems from the federal government and the private sector.”

The nitty-gritty details of those technologies are not the most important issue for the summit, Blackburn says. It’s the common challenges and opportunities presented by those technologies “that will point us in the right direction for future decision-making,” he says.

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