Thales Industry Associations & Standards Organizations

Industry Standards and Standards Organizations

Organizations rely on Thales eSecurity to confidently secure and accelerate their digital transformations. We are proud to be affiliated with the following associations and organizations.

AFCEA International

AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security.


APCA is the primary vehicle for payments industry collaboration with a mandate to improve the safety, reliability, equity, convenience and efficiency of the Australian payments system.


The Accredited Standards Committee X9 (ASC X9) has the mission to develop, establish, maintain, and promote standards for the Financial Services Industry in order to facilitate delivery of financial services and products.

Australian Standard IT5/4 Committee

The IT5/4 is a sub-committee for IT5, which is the main body setting the whole of the AS2805 range of standards. IT5/4 sets the cryptographic standards for use by the AS2805 range and the work is mainly dictated by requirements from the APCA (Australian Payments Clearing Association).

BSI Group

BSI Group is a leading business services provider to organizations worldwide, offering a range of services for management system certification, product testing and certification, and standardization.

CCVF – (Common Criteria Vendors Forum)

The Common Criteria Vendors' Forum (CCVF) is an international ad hoc organization of commercial product vendor representatives gathered to discuss Common Criteria and CC-related issues, develop solutions and drive action to improve the CC.


CESG is the UK Government's National Technical Authority for the official use of cryptography. Its main purpose is to reduce the cyber security risk to the UK by improving its cyber security and cyber resilience.

Cloud Security Alliance and Trusted Cloud Initiative

The Cloud Security Alliance mission is to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing.

Database Security Consortium

Database Security Consortium (DBSC) is a voluntary association consisting of ordinary users and system integrators, as well as database and security venders. Established in 2005, DBSC creates working groups to discuss database security themes such as forensics, system design, access control, and performance, which provides a forum for exchange of knowledge and expertise between database specialists, security specialists, system developers, and network engineers.

DTCE – (Digital Trust and Compliance Europe)

A European partnership that works to foster the principles of interoperability relating to the use of electronic signatures and digital identification.

EEMA – (European Association for e-identity and Security)

Established in 1987, EEMA is an independent association of IT professionals, businesses and governments, providing business and technical networking opportunities at both local and regional levels in the broad areas associated with digital identity and its applications, including security.


EMVCo's primary role is to manage, maintain and enhance the EMV Integrated Circuit Card Specifications with the objective of ensuring interoperability and acceptance of payment system integrated circuit cards on a worldwide basis. EMVCo is also responsible for type approvals of payment terminal equipment. EMV® is a global standard for credit and debit payment cards based on chip card technology.

EMV Migration Forum

The EMV Migration Forum, established in 2012, is an independent cross-industry body created by the Smart Card Alliance to help support the migration from magnetic stripe technology to EMV contact and contactless technology in the United States. Its membership includes a broad range of card schemes, issuers, processors and payment technology vendors.

ETA – (Electronic Transaction Association)

ETA is the international trade association serving the needs of organizations offering transaction processing products and services.

Financial Services Information and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC)

FS-ISAC, or the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, is the global financial industry's go to resource for cyber and physical threat intelligence analysis and sharing. FS-ISAC is unique in that it was created by and for members and operates as a member-owned non profit entity.


GlobalPlatform is an industry association that focuses on smart card infrastructure development. Its’ proven technical specifications for cards, devices and systems known as the standard for smart card infrastructure. GlobalPlatform has over 50 cross-industry members with representation from around the world. Thales has specifically contributed to the Global Platform Key Management System (KMS) specification.

HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)

HIMSS a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology.

Hong Kong PKI Forum

Founded in 2002, Hong Kong Public Key Infrastructure Forum Limited (“HKPKIF”) is a non-profit distributing industry organization established under the Companies Ordinance of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (“HKSAR”). The objective of the association is to enhance public and industry awareness of the importance of public key infrastructure (“PKI”) products and services in addressing the issues of authenticity, integrity, confidentiality and non-repudiation in electronic-based communications as well as resolving issues regarding security of open network, PKI interoperability and ease of use.

IISP – Institute of Information Security Professionals

The Institute of Information Security Professionals is setting the standard for professionalism in information security.

INCITS T10 – (International Committee on Information Technology Standards)

INCITS operates under the guidance of ANSI (American National Standards Institute) to develop Information Processing System standards. Thales contributes to the T10 technical committee.

IPv6 Technical Verification Consortium

As the industry moves toward the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses and future advancement of IPv6 utilization, it is desirable to establish measures to discover the new potential threats accompanying IPv6 through studies and research into the kinds of risks involved in IPv6 network environments. This includes planning of technical countermeasures that consider mixed usage of IPv4 and IPv6 as well as the move to IPv6, while also leveraging the insight into security/safety technologies, which were developed under IPv4. Against this background, ten founding members, including companies and organizations in the telecommunication, networking, security, hardware and software fields, established the IPv6 Technical Verification Consortium. The Consortium promotes technical verification focusing on the security area in particular, aiming to achieve secure and stable IT environments where IPv6 is used.

ISTPA – (International Security Trust & Privacy Alliance)

ISTPA is a global alliance of companies and technology providers working together to clarify and resolve existing and evolving issues related to security, trust and privacy.

Japan Cloud Consortium

The private Japan Cloud Consortium (JCC) organization was established to promote the dissemination/development of cloud services in Japan in an industry/academia/government collaboration of various industries, organizations, and businesses. The purpose of this Consortium is to carry out the activities of making suggestions, etc. on the cross-sectional sharing of information and identifying/resolving any new issues with various measures for use in the dissemination/development of cloud services by the relevant enterprises/organizations.

Japan Network Security Association

The goal of the non-profit Japan Network Security Association (JNSA) is to promote standardization related to network security, and to contribute to greater technological standards in the field, enhancing the public welfare through awareness, education, research and information-dissemination activities related to network security. At present, the Association is comprised of many different working groups carrying out different facets of the Association's charter.


The MULTOS Consortium is a group of international blue chip organizations, whose objective is to promote MULTOS as the smart card industry standard across all market sectors.


NACHA manages the development, administration, and governance of the ACH Network, the backbone for the electronic movement of money and data. The ACH Network provides a safe, secure, and reliable network for direct account-to-account consumer, business, and government payments. As a not-for-profit association, NACHA represents more than 10,000 financial institutions via 17 regional payments associations and direct membership.

NDIA Cyber Division

The primary objective of the NDIA (National Defense Industrial Association) Cyber Division is to contribute to the national security of the United States by promoting communication and interaction between industry, government and military on Cyber domain policy, legislation, requirements and technology. Thales participates in the Government/Industry Information Sharing Committee.


Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

OASIS – (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards)

Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards is a not-for-profit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society in the areas of security, cloud computing, SOA, web services, smart grid, electronic publishing, emergency management, and other areas. Thales contributes to and is one of the four original founders of the OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP).

OATH – (Institute for Open Authentication)

Networked entities face three major challenges today. Theft of or unauthorized access to confidential data is a constant concern. The inability to share data over a network without an increased security risk limits the ability of organizations to conduct business in the most efficient way. In addition, the lack of a viable single sign-on framework is inhibiting the growth of electronic commerce and networked operations.

The Initiative for Open Authentication (OATH) manages an open standard, for delivering solutions that allow for strong authentication of all users on all devices, across all networks.

PCI SSC (Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council)

The PCI-SSC is an open global forum for the ongoing development, enhancement, storage, dissemination and implementation of security standards for account data protection. The PCI Security Standards Council’s mission is to enhance payment account data security by driving education and awareness of the PCI Security Standards. The organization was founded by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa, Inc. Thales participates in the Encryption and Tokenization task forces.

Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. The Alliance invests heavily in education on the appropriate uses of technology for identification, payment and other applications and strongly advocates the use of smart card technology in a way that protects privacy and enhances data security and integrity. Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart card technology, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America.

Smartex Limited (UK)

Smartex Limited operates an international network of professional associations concerned with smart card and RFID technologies, and the UK commercial payment card market. World membership exceeds 500 companies in the UK, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Central Eastern Europe regions.

Storage Network Industry Association

As a not-for-profit association, the SNIA enables our members to develop robust solutions for storing and managing the massive volumes of information generated by today’s businesses. The SNIA has adopted the role of industry catalyst for the development of storage solution specifications and technologies, global standards, and storage education.

Thales is a HIMSS Gold Member

HIMSS Gold Membership includes; 10 complimentary individual memberships, 3 product marketing materials posted on the HIMSS website. Unlimited (healthcare related) press releases posted on the HIMSS website, company name in Corporate Member Directory, Thales is listed with a description twice annually in the HIMSS Weekly Insider. Corporate Member Quarterly Educational Webinars, ability to post three white papers on and in Weekly Insider.

UK Payments Council

The Payments Council is the organization, which sets the strategy for UK payments. It was setup by the payments industry in March 2007 to ensure that UK payment systems and services meet the need of payment service providers, users, and the wider economy.

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