Beechwood’s world-class, multi-disciplinary team and associates seek clarity on the other side of complexity. Although these experienced practitioners are subject matter specialists, they prefer to facilitate and motivate those who then have to implement the strategy rather than instruct and dictate.
Scott is a recognised global expert on identity and anonymous payments on the Internet, and has advised senior leadership within financial institutions, the US government, and international law enforcement since 1994. Scott began his career in humanitarian response with USAID. Through subsequent work with both US and multilateral intelligence and security agencies, he believes that reaching the potential of the Internet and new digital payment systems to meet the needs of the disconnected billions requires an understanding of how to manage the inherent security risks. In the private sector, Scott has led marketing for IBM’s Internet Payments group, supporting the company’s payment, eWallet and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solutions globally. At Merchant Online, he led the development of early peer-to-peer (P2P) and other non-traditional payment systems. He implemented the first eTax payments portal for the IRS and also developed identity authentication systems for the financial services industry during his tenure with ConcordEFS/First Data, and at Booz Allen, he led a large team of engineers and set up a lab incorporating biometrics, physical, and logical access control devices exhibiting the value of converged identity management. He has also established expertise on the role and attendant privacy risks of big data on identity, and through Zebryx Consulting has provided training on anonymous payments and for more than 40 countries’ Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs).
DIGITAL PAYMENTS & IDENTITIES