Paul Townsend has been providing consultative services to both government and commercial organizations implementing identity and access management, public key infrastructure (PKI), and authorization solutions since 1990. These efforts have included the assessment and mitigation of ICAO document security object and PKI encoding deviations for numerous e-passport issuers across the globe. This work included the analysis of the impact of these deviations on relying party authentication processes.
Mr. Townsend was also instrumental in the development of tactical PKI solutions that were deployed to the operational edge of the US Department of Defense (DoD) network; the modernization of the credential issuance and management infrastructure supporting the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC) Program; as well as architecting and deploying PKI-based, mobility solutions bringing credential issuance, validation, and authorization capabilities to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address First Responder access requirements.
Mr. Townsend continues to support the development of new and emerging security technologies and platforms through his expert participation with US and international standards bodies focused on the data structure and security framework of Identification Cards, Machine Readable Travel Documents, and Related Devices.