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ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel to Hold Workshop on Credentialing and Access Control

New York, Oct 11, 2007

Credentialing and access control are key elements for effectively dealing with the incident management of any disaster or emergency situation. The emergency management community encompasses both public and private sector stakeholders who are working together to provide critical response and recovery efforts.

To assist this community in meeting these challenges, the Homeland Security Standards Panel of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-HSSP) is turning its focus to the role of standards and conformity assessment programs for credentialing and access control for disaster management.

A workshop scheduled for October 23, 2007, in Arlington, VA, will examine the key issues, challenges and customer needs for relevant standards. Stakeholders from the public and private sectors as well as the standards and conformity assessment community are encouraged to attend and participate in the day’s discussions.

Interactive panels will address the following subject areas [see meeting agenda]:

  • Essential competencies for a critical incident
  • Issuance and life-cycle identity management
  • Authentication (including biometrics, access control, and interoperability)
  • Conformity assessment
  • Implementation exercises and initiatives

The keynote address for this workshop will be provided by Marko Bourne, director of policy and program analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Kyle Blackman, chief of the Resource Planning and Coordination Branch of the DHS Incident Management Systems Division, and Gordon Gillerman, ANSI-HSSP co-chair and conformity assessment advisor for homeland security at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will serve as workshop co-leaders. Leading experts in the field of credentialing and access control, including conformity assessment specialists, will serve as key presenters.

There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required due to space limitations. For more information and to register, please contact Matt Deane, ANSI director of homeland security standards ( no later than October 17, 2007.

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