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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Transporting Radioactive Materials to Protecting Credit Card Data

New York, Sep 17, 2013

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Transporting Radioactive Materials
Radioactive materials (RAM) are used for a variety of important purposes, including medical diagnosis and therapy, oil exploration, materials testing, weapons production, electric power production, and in consumer products. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) estimates that three million packages of radioactive materials are transported each year in the United States, either by highway, rail, air, or water.

To promote public and occupational health and safety during transportation and handling of RAM, the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) recently published ANSI N14.36-2013, Measurement of Radiation Level and Surface Contamination for Packages and Conveyances. This new American National Standard (ANS) sets forth methods for radiation and contamination measurement for packaging and transportation of RAM by all modes and during all phases of transportation activities. ANSI N14.36-2013 aims to minimize variability and foster uniform compliance through reliable and consistent methods to verify that shipments have been prepared according to applicable regulations.

INMM, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, is an international non-profit association comprised of policymakers, analysts, educators, students, engineers, scientists, and technicians dedicated to providing assurance that nuclear materials are properly protected, managed, handled, stored, and used for purposes approved by treaty or law.

Protecting Credit Card Data
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau estimates that in 2012 there were more than 1,167 billion credit cards and 530 billion debit cards in circulation in the United States, resulting in more than $2,378 billion in credit card sales and $52,620 billion in debit card sales. Protecting the security of these transactions and associated cardholder data is an enormously important task. To aid vendors in clearly identifying which cardholder data they need to protect and how to protect it, a new ANS has been published by Accredited Standards Committee X9, Inc. Financial Industry Standards (ASC X9).

ANSI X9.119-1-2013, Retail Financial Services - Requirements for Protection of Sensitive Payment Card Data - Part 1: Using Encryption Methods, defines minimum security requirements for protection of data from the point of encryption to the point of decryption in a given system. X9.119-1-2013 does not cover methods of cardholder authentication, such as Personal Identification Number (PIN), nor physical or logical security requirements for protecting the sensitive payment card data at the point of entry prior to entering a Secure Cryptographic Device (SCD).

An ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, ASC X9 seeks to develop, establish, maintain, and promote standards for the financial services industry. ASC X9’s standards are used throughout the industry as well as by the federal government to facilitate delivery of financial services and products to users, and to promote global commerce.

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