Our Speaker
Neil Ivey
Vice President
eID Forum Partners

Meet our Speaker: Neil Ivey

Neil Ivey is an experienced executive that has been working in the anti-counterfeiting and brand protection industry since 1998.  Neil has provided covert security solutions to a variety of industries, including Pharmaceuticals, Oil & Gas, Tobacco, the US & International Governments and the Olympic Games.  

Neil is the Vice-President of the Document Security Alliance, which was founded by the US Secret Service as a result of the 9/11 hijackers entering the United States using fraudulent visas and passports. is a not-for-profit organization with active members from government, private industry and academia. We are focused on improving document security and related security document procedures at all levels of government and industry to enhance national and international security.

For his “day job”, Neil  is the CEO of BrandWatch Technologies, a Portland, Oregon company that specializes in the manufacture of security materials and associated detection devices.  These materials, which in some cases are sub-micron in size, are introduced to products, packaging, documents, yarns, etc., primarily through mixing in inks and solvents.  The specialized detection equipment produced by BrandWatch relies on invisible Infrared light that is converted into visible light or remains in the infrared spectrum to create responses that are collected and interpreted by BrandWatch programmed devices.

He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, and graduated with honors from Kenyon College in Ohio.  As a father of three daughters, he is leading efforts to stop the tradition of the Bride’s father paying for the wedding.

eTalk: The shared goal of physical and electronic ID systems – secure, simple verification

By Neil Ivey, Vice President, DSA, USA

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, The US Secret Service, FBI and private industry partnered to form the Document Security Alliance with a single focused mission – to increase the awareness of the importance of securing the process of establishing an individual’s identification and verification process, from the authentication of so-called “breeder documents” to issuance systems and ultimately in-field confirmation of an individual’s identity.  Regardless of the method used to present a person’s identity, digital or physical, the security of system is of critical importance.

  • The Document Security Alliance (DSA) supports all formats of identification; our primary goal is to ensure that the data or documentation used to create a valid ID has been issued securely and subsequently validated.

  • DSA advice for securing physical breeder documents and established physical forms of identification can help ensure resulting digital documents are secure and increase acceptance at various levels of government.

  • Physical and Digital identification documents can and will coexist for the foreseeable future.

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