Entrust announced today that it is extending its Non-Federal Identity SSP service to include Personal Identity Verification-Interoperable (PIV-I) compliance for state governments, the private sector and entities that wish to securely communicate and interoperate with the U.S. federal government.
PIV-I is based on the same standards developed by the U.S. government for its employees, but it has been tailored for state, local and enterprise use. Entrust’s PIV-I solution, which includes smartcard components, has been approved by the Federal PKI Policy Authority.
Developed by the U.S. government to comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials provide government users with physical and logical access to U.S. federal buildings and networks via a PKI-enabled smartcard. The digital identities contained in the PIV credentials are issued by Entrust for all agencies using the USAccess program and major agencies such as the U.S. Departments of Treasury, State and Labor, as well as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and NASA. The PIV credentials also enable government employees to digitally sign documents and e-mails — promoting secure collaboration and increasing operational efficiency.
Entrust PIV-I capabilities add government-strength physical and logical credentialing as a core component of the company’s versatile authentication platform. This platform approach enables organizations to layer security — according to access requirements or the risk of a given transaction — across diverse users and applications.
“This is an incredibly important milestone as PIV-I is critical for secure collaboration between government agencies and authorized private companies,” said Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner. “PIV-I validation also represents the natural progression of Entrust’s physical and logical access solutions, which is made possible by our PKI platform and complementary credentialing services.”