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Judith Vanderkay

PKI Forum Names New Board; Adds Focus On End Users With Solutions and Applications Activities for 2002

Professional Leadership Energizes Business and
Technical Working Groups

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA -- March 27, 2002 -- The PKI Forum, Inc. has named a new Board of Directors at its annual meeting, held in Toronto March 12-14. The PKI Forum, a multi-vendor and end-user consortium created to accelerate the adoption of public-key infrastructure (PKI) technologies, (, held the meeting to mark the conclusion of its second successful year, with a new emphasis for the upcoming year on end user oriented programs. At this meeting, a new Board was selected, and Lisa Pretty was reappointed as President of the organization.

The new PKI Forum Board for 2002-2003 is geographically diverse. Board members include Mitch Arnone of Schlumberger Network Solutions; Derek Brink of RSA Data Security, Patrick Gen Kanaishi of Neucom (Japan); Terry Leahy of Wells Fargo; Helen Mullenger of Baltimore Technologies (UK); John Sabo of Computer Associates; and Jeff Stapleton of KPMG, LLP. Leahy was elected Chairman.

Continuing the theme of diversity, the new board displays a mix of new and returning members: Brink, Mullenger and Sabo have previously served on the board, while Arnone, Kanaishi, Leahy and Stapleton are newly appointed to the governing body.

"Our new Board demonstrates the PKI Forum's commitment to an international role, with people from three continents," noted Pretty. "The Board's makeup also mirrors our member constituencies, with representatives from end user companies, vendors, and consultants. And, in line with our focus for the coming year on solution-oriented programs, our Chair Terry Leahy is from a financial institution that has recently deployed PKI. I'm looking forward to working with this terrific group on our fresh slate of programs to increase market awareness of the benefits of digital certificates and PKI."

The PKI Forum has also hired professional leadership for its two working groups. Steve Lloyd is chair of the Technical Working Group. Lloyd has over 20 years experience in data communications and distributed systems security. He was directly involved with the formation of the PKI Forum, and served on its Board. Author, sought-after speaker and teacher, Lloyd will lead the technical working group in investigating ease of use issues in the coming year, as well as continuing its interoperability activities. Andrew Nash of RSA Security Inc. has been appointed as vice chair to assist Lloyd in leading the Technical Working Group.

Patricia Lareau chairs the Business Working Group. She has been involved in the information security field for 17 years, with expertise in business risk mitigation that facilitates balanced, cost effective and strategic security. Lareau will direct the Business Working Group in addressing market awareness issues, promoting successful PKI deployments in case studies, and developing a return on investment (ROI) framework for deliverables.

The PKI Forum annual meeting agenda showed strong representation from the group's growing number of end user organizations. Highlights of the Toronto meeting included presentations on their real-world implementations from the Government of Canada PKI Secretariat, the U.S. Department of Defense PKI division, Johnson & Johnson and the Canadian Payments Association.

The PKI Forum has now set the dates for its next two meetings: June 18-20 in Amsterdam and November 5-7 in Dallas. Registration is now open for the Amsterdam meeting on the Forum's Web site, The PKI Forum will also be represented at CardTech/SecurTech in New Orleans, LA, April 22-25, in booth #267

About Public-Key Infrastructure
A public-key infrastructure (PKI) is a combination of hardware, software, policies and procedures. It provides the basic security required to carry out electronic business so that users who do not know each other, or are widely distributed, can communicate securely using a chain of trust. End users of PKI cross industry lines, are often globally widespread and include anyone from the small office/home office client to large corporations, and from complex businesses to specific verticals.

About the PKI Forum, Inc.
The PKI Forum is an international, not-for-profit alliance comprised of technology and service providers, integrators and end-users whose purpose is to accelerate the adoption and use of PKI applications, digital certificates and other real world solutions, as well as to facilitate interoperability through multi-vendor testing of industry standards and educational outreach. The PKI Forum serves as a global information resource for PKI and advocates cooperation and market awareness enabling organizations to understand and exploit the value of PKI in applications relevant to their businesses. For more information about the PKI Forum, see the PKI Forum Web site at




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