US government adds Entrust to approved list

28/04/11

 

The US government has added Entrust to its list of approved Personal Identity Verification-Interoperable (PIV-I) providers.

Entrust’s Non-Federal Identity SSP service is now PIV-I compliant for state governments, the private sector and organisations that wish to securely communicate and interoperate with the US federal government.
“This is an incredibly important milestone as PIV-I is critical for secure collaboration between government agencies and authorised private companies,” says Bill Conner, president and CEO, Entrust. “PIV-I validation represents the natural progression of Entrust’s physical and logical access solutions, which is made possible by our PKI platform and complementary credentialing services.”
PIV-I is based on the same standards of vetting and issuance developed by the US government for its employees, but it has been tailored for state, local and enterprise use.
Entrust says its PIV-I solution, which includes smartcard components from security vendor XTec’s AuthentX line of identity management solutions, has been approved by the Federal PKI Policy Authority.
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 US 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 emails.
Entrust says its PIV-I capabilities add government-strength physical and logical credentialing as a core component of the company’s authentication platform. It adds: “This platform approach enables organisations to layer security — according to access requirements or the risk of a given transaction — across diverse users and applications.”

 

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