Entrust Datacard President and CEO testifies before U.S. Senate Committee on protecting consumers in era of data breaches

November 9, 2017

Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technology solutions, announced that their president and CEO, Todd Wilkinson, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Mr. Wilkinson spoke during a hearing titled Protecting Consumers in an Era of Major Data Breaches.

The hearing, which was convened by U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, was to examine recent data breach events, identify steps that could have been taken to better ensure the safety of consumer data and to determine if there are options to further safeguard consumer personally identifiable information in the future. In addition to the testimony by Mr. Wilkinson, the hearing included testimony from Yahoo! in response to their 2013 data breach, as well as Equifax, which suffered a 2017 breach reported to affect approximately 145 million individuals.

“We live in an incredibly connected and complex world. The challenge of protecting data is an evolving and sophisticated task, but it all starts with a secure identity,” said Todd Wilkinson, president and CEO of Entrust Datacard. “This will only become more critical as we continue to drive toward greater connectivity, linking virtually every aspect of our lives to a connected system.”

During his testimony, Wilkinson urged the committee to consider leveraging available technologies to provide the nation’s citizens with new mechanisms to protect their identity. Mr. Wilkinson recommended that the government create a new identity framework that would create a modern secure identity through a collaboration between government and industry. The secure modern identity could minimize risk and inconvenience to consumers in instances of breach and allow a consumer to more easily recover their identity with minimal impact.

For more information on and to view a webcast of the U.S. Senate hearing, visit www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/11/protecting-consumers-in-the-era-of-major-data-breaches. To learn more about Entrust Datacard, visit www.entrustdatacard.com.

About Entrust Datacard

Consumers, citizens and employees increasingly expect anywhere-anytime experiences — whether they are making purchases, crossing borders, accessing e-gov services or logging onto corporate networks. Entrust Datacard offers the trusted identity and secure transaction technologies that make those experiences reliable and secure. Solutions range from the physical world of financial cards, passports and ID cards to the digital realm of authentication, certificates and secure communications. With more than 2,000 Entrust Datacard colleagues around the world, and a network of strong global partners, the company serves customers in 150 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.entrustdatacard.com.

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