This was all new to me — I had been a police and court reporter – but had just started as an editorial assistant at a publishing company that has changed named four times in the past two decades. In this role I was picking up assignments, as needed on everything from smart cards to e-commerce software and payment systems.
A couple of years later I was assigned a story exploring difference between minutia and pattern-based fingerprint algorithms. This began my interest in biometrics and other identity technologies and eventually the launch of the now defunct IDNewswire in 2002. I spent more than four years covering U.S. identity projects – including the creation of FIPS 201 and the passing of the REAL ID Act – and watched an industry emerge and begin to grow.
After a brief stint in health care IT, I came back to identity in 2008 managing the editorial team at SecureIDNews and re:ID. It’s been a fun ride watching all these identity projects mature and grow and observing from the front row.
But now it’s time to make another change — stop watching and start getting my hands dirty and join the action on the field. I am leaving Avisian to join Deloitte’s Federal Cyber Risk Services in December.
I am grateful to still being involved in an industry that I have called home for a dozen years. But instead of being an outsider, I look forward to working on these projects from the inside and trying to solve some of the problems facing digital identity initiatives.
The last nine-years at Avisian have been great and I trust my team will keep up the great work delivering important ID and security content to our readers around the globe.
Keep in touch. You’ll find me tweeting @IdentityZack.