Biometrics, Border Security Veterans Launch Identity Strategy Partners, LLP

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new independent identity strategy consultancy firm announces its formation, Identity Strategy Partners, LLP (IdSP). Designed to fill a critical niche in technical and policy expertise in the complex identity market, founding partners Mark Crego and Janice Kephart together have nearly 35 combined years just in identity expertise that span federal governments, the 9/11 Commission, private industry, think tank and non-profit leadership. The Crego-Kephart combined expertise has a common theme born from a shared passion of bringing forth cutting-edge solutions based on sound policy.



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From the new Executive Order calling for implementation of the 20 year old requirement to establish a biometric immigration exit, to the overhaul of homeland security identity management, IdSP is being formed at this critical juncture to provide strategic vision to these complex issues. About the formation of IdSP, partner Mark Crego states: "Creating a partnership with Janice Kephart fills a vast need in the complex world of how we establish policies and architect solutions that establish, verify and store identity. The world will only become increasingly dependent on how we identify ourselves as individuals and as nations. We need to get identity right, and few people understand why and how to do that from a policy standpoint like Janice."

Janice Kephart states: "Our success and security as a nation and world are heavily dependent upon getting identity right. I am so thrilled to be partnering with someone of Mark Crego's deep technical calibre. We both believe that what can be and what should be is the solution driver, not what is. We believe in making things really happen, not just talking about them. And when we talk policy, it is to effect positive change. Equally important, we believe in teamwork and ethical responsibility, and our goal is to exemplify that as IdSP grows."


Founding partner Mark Crego recently retired after 18 years at Accenture, where was Managing Director for Accenture's Global Practice.  This included five years as the Department of Homeland Security's US VISIT Chief Architect. Known today as the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), it was the largest identity management system when designed and executed. In the process of being updated, OBIM continues to expand with over 190 million unique identities. After US VISIT, Mark was the Accenture program lead for Biometric Services in India's biometric-first national identity program, Aadhaar, now the largest identity management system in the world holding over 1 billion identities.

Mark was responsible for the private-public partnership that developed the standards for fingerprint collection at US borders, the world's first biometric border program. He also led the Unique Identity Services offerings in support of the European Union with over 70 million Schegen participants, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Educational Testing Service, and several other biometric programs around the world.

Janice Kephart has 16 years working in identity as a policy driver with experience and leadership that includes: border counsel to the 9/11 Commission and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee twice, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometric Association and its Air Entry-Exit Working Group, Homeland Security Director at biometric leader MorphoTrak, and Americas Director for BORDERPOL. Her deep experience in strategic technical solutions, government programs, policy development and communications has resulted in 19 requests to testify before Congress and hundreds of media appearances and dozens of speaking engagements.

Janice's phraseologies "terrorist travel," "we must assure that people are who they say they are," and "for terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons," are policy buzzwords that have resulted in worldwide enhancements to passport and driver license security, as well as the expansion of biometrics in the United States and internationally.

IdSP's strategic outcomes and deliverables are identity-focused strategic, communications and enterprise architecture plans that span national and physical IDs and systems, biometric solutioning and deliverables, and commercial and access control systems with a security nexus. Practice areas include business development, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, communications, macro and micro policy development, education and public speaking.

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