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Smart Cards Would Significantly Reduce Medicare Fraud, Newly Released GAO Report Finds

On Monday the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirmed that smart cards would significantly reduce fraud in the Medicare program as detailed in the newly-released reportHealth Care Fraud: Information on Most Common Schemes and the Likely Effect of Smart Cards. "This report represents another addition to the growing body of evidence that smart cards are not only an effective means of ensuring program integrity, but also a critical tool for administering benefits in a healthcare setting," said Kelli Emerick, Executive Director of the Secure ID Coalition.

 

The Secure ID Coalition Applauds the National Cybersecurity Plan for Emphasizing the Importance of Multifactor Authentication

The Secure ID Coalition applauds the White House's newly-announced National Cybersecurity Plan as an important step towards securing the identities and personal information of American citizens. The Secure ID Coalition has led the way in advocating for the adoption of the latest technologies that protect the identities of Americans. The Coalition commends the Administration for highlighting the importance of multifactor authentication in securing public and private information systems as well as personal data of all American citizens.

 

The Internet of Things: Overdue for a Security Upgrade

Lately everyone seems abuzz about the Internet of Things (IoT). And for good reason. A study released Wednesday by Gartner estimates that 4.9 billion "things" will be connected to the Internet of Things this year. The research also predicts that spending on IoT support services will increase from $69.5 billion in 2015 to $263 billion in 2015. With all this potential for growth, it's important that we keep some fundamentals in mind. And nothing is more fundamental than security when it comes to devices that will collect, transmit, and analyze our personal data.

 

The Secure ID Coalition Calls on OPM to Fully Implement Authentication Security Requirements Following the Newly Revealed Data Breach

On June 4, 2015, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) revealed it was the victim of a massive data breach that included the personal information of approximately four million current and former federal employees. The attack is only the latest in a series of major security failures at the agency, demonstrating the need to more fully implement existing information security regulations and take additional steps to restore public confidence in government.

 

SIDC Announces Its 2015 State ID Report

The Secure ID Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its newest report, State Secure Identity Practices and Policies in 2015. In this document, the Coalition reviewed identity security policies and procedures in 10 U.S. states representing a majority of the U.S. population, and assigned each of the states a secure identity composite score that takes into account each state's primary identity documents, eGov practices, benefit card identity management, health & safety identity documents, and legal landscape. The report represents the start of an important dialogue regarding state identity security.

 

IRS Data Breach Affirms the Need for Multifactor Authentication

Recent reports of a massive data breach at the IRS once again affirm the need for better authentication solutions to protect citizen information from criminals and fraudsters. The IRS acknowledged Tuesday that the records of over 100,000 taxpayers were breached using knowledge-based authentication processes known as KBA.

 

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