Join us on Tuesday, November 19 for our monthly chapter meeting with a special guest speaker:  

Better Identity Coalition
by Jeremy A. Grant
of Venable LLP

2017’s massive Equifax breach raised some tough questions on the limitations of America’s approach to digital identity. When 147 million Social Security Numbers are compromised, can we still assume the SSN has any value? Can we trust Knowledge Based Authentication (KBA) for remote identity proofing if one of the biggest providers of KBA has been breached? And if not, what can we use instead? The lack of good answers to these questions from industry or government led leading firms in financial services, health care, fintech, technology, payments and security to band together in 2018 to launch the Better Identity Coalition – an organization focused on developing and advancing consensus-driven, cross-sector policy solutions that promote the development and adoption of better solutions for identity verification and authentication.

 The Coalition’s “Policy Blueprint for Better Identity in America” – released in July 2018 – has earned attention from industry and government alike as providing the most sensible path forward for government’s role in improving digital identity. Jeremy Grant – who serves as the Coordinator of the Better Identity Coalition, and who previously led the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) in his role at NIST – will discuss the work of the Coalition and the path to “Better Identity.”

 jeremy grant

Speaker bio
As a member of Venable’s Cybersecurity Risk Management Group, Jeremy Grant combines federal government and private sector experience to help clients develop growth strategies, identify and exploit market trends, and advise on policy impacts across the IT, cybersecurity, identity, and payments sectors. In this role, Jeremy utilizes his diverse background and deep understanding of business, technical, policy, and finance issues related to identity, privacy, and cybersecurity, having served in a range of leadership positions spanning government and industry. Jeremy joined Venable after serving as a managing director at The Chertoff Group. Before that, he established and led the National Program Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), housed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); NSTIC was the first new cybersecurity program launched by the Obama administration. There he directed the administration’s activities across private and public sectors to drive a marketplace of more secure, privacy-enhancing identity solutions for online services. He also served as NIST’s senior executive advisor for identity management, and led efforts to improve identity and authentication for individuals and devices in the NIST Roadmap for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

Before leading NSTIC, Jeremy was the chief development officer for government services consulting firm ASI Government. He spent three years with Washington Research Group as an equities and market analyst focused on identity, cybersecurity, and government technology. Earlier in his career, he served as vice president for Enterprise Solutions at Maximus, where he led the division's Security and Identity Management practice, playing a major role in a number of major federal identity and security programs. Jeremy began his career as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate – focused on health and technology policy – where he drafted legislation that laid the groundwork for the Department of Defense (DOD) and civilian agency smart card and PKI efforts.

Must RSVP if you plan to attend.
Non-members are welcome without charge! Light refreshments will be served.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Center for American Progress (CAP)

1333 H St. NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005

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