July 27, 2011

CertiPath Cross-Certifies HID Global for PIV-I

HERNDON, Va., July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CertiPath, the trusted authority for high assurance identities, today announced that HID Global has successfully completed cross-certification to the Personal Identity Verification-Interoperability (PIV-I) standard via the CertiPath Bridge. This marks the second cross-certification that CertiPath has announced within the past three months, highlighting:

  • The increased demand for non-Executive Branch federal employees, customers and partners, first responders, and state and local officials to gain access to facilities and systems, to which they have explicitly been authorized access, using their own, single identity credential.
  • The growing number of mobile employees who "hotel" at various employer sites, as well as consultants, contractors, and visitors who may need access for days or for months to complete a project.
  • Additional pressure on federal agencies to roll out PIV compliant access systems, be they logical or physical, in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget Memo 11-11 (OMB 11-11), which specifically ties future information technology funding to compliance with the standards defined by the Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) Roadmap.

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With the certification for PIV-I, HID Global plans to launch its PIV-I Service - a comprehensive online offering that significantly reduces the time and complexity required for contractors to obtain employee credentials which comply with PIV-I requirements. The certified PIV-I Service offering will be managed by HID Global's recently acquired identity assurance business, ActivIdentity.

"The ongoing push from the public sector to simplify and harden access to restricted facilities and sensitive information using a single credential continues to fuel the market for PIV-I credentials," said Jeff Nigriny, CEO of CertiPath. "PIV-I is quickly becoming the de facto standard for high-assurance identities and HID Global's new service makes it quick and seamless for non-federal employees to deploy PIV-I credentials across their business."

CertiPath is the U.S. Federal Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Policy Authority partner in testing PIV-I credentials, used for both physical and logical access. The company introduced the architecture for a single credential that can provide secure access and interoperability for employees, customers, and partners in 2009. It now applies that experience and expertise to vet and validate that issuers' credentials meet the PIV-I standard.

About CertiPath CertiPath is the trusted authority for interoperable identities for collaboration in the aerospace and defense industry. Advancing the use of PKI-based high assurance credentials for both physical and logical access and control, CertiPath tears down the burdensome and costly company, employee and program-centric approaches to identity assurance.

CertiPath is trusted by more than four million public and private sector users and leverages a turnkey approach that delivers robust, cost-effective and proven physical and logical asset protection. Today, organizations in the U.S., U.K. and Europe including Boeing, BAE Systems, Citibank N.A., EADS, Exostar, Lockheed Martin, Northrop-Grumman, Raytheon, SITA and the U.S. Federal Bridge (FBCA) are members of this fast-growing community. For more information, visit CertiPath on the web at http://www.certipath.com

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SOURCE CertiPath