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HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, recently announced the addition of a dual-interface (contact/contactless) Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credential to its pivCLASS® Government Solutions portfolio, which simplifies issuance of PIV cards and the process of upgrading an existing physical access control system (PACS) to support Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 201 (FIPS-201) standards.  The new pivCLASS smart card and the company’s comprehensive pivCLASS portfolio supports federal contractors that need to leverage high-security PIV Interoperability (PIV-I) through the Federal Bridge.  The solutions can also be used for a wide range of commercial deployments.

“The FIPS-201 standard for federal employee and contractor identification is now spreading to other applications that require highly secure access control for sensitive areas, including power stations as well as data storage, nuclear power, water and petrochemical facilities and other critical infrastructure,” said Stephane Ardiley, product marketing manager, Credentials with HID Global.  “In addition to making it easier for organizations to upgrade their access control systems to FIPS-201 compliance, our pivCLASS portfolio with the new dual-interface PIV credentials enable commercial and other organizations to take advantage of the technology created by the federal government’s PIV program for strong security and interoperability.”

HID Global’s pivCLASS credential meets the specified U.S. Government National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security requirements for delivering a reliable verification system that protects cardholder data with high-assurance, public key infrastructure (PKI)-based strong authentication.   The smart card can be offered as a traditional PIV Interoperable (PIV-I) credential for government use, or as a Commercial Identity Verification (CIV) credential for current and emerging applications.  In either case, the credential provides users with a single smart card for physical access to facilities as well as logical access to information systems.  This includes secure certificate-based login to computers, as well as securing corporate networks, web-based applications and personal data.  Additionally, the card supports multi-technology biometrics as well as strong authentication for Virtual Private Network (VPN) access.

HID Global’s pivCLASS credential includes the company’s proven Digital Identity Applets framework that enhances credential security, utility and flexibility.  This framework offers secure storage and protection for the smart card’s passwords, digital identity credentials, cryptographic functions, personal information and computer access capabilities.  It also enables the card to deliver additional services beyond FIPS 201 such as one-time password (OTP) generation, and securing the communication channel over the contactless interface.

As part of the pivCLASS® Government Solutions portfolio, the new high-security credential joins a comprehensive offering including pivCLASS readers, pivCLASS authentication modules, the pivCLASS  validation server, and software solutions from HID Global’s recent acquisition of Codebench. The portfolio is an integrated product suite that enables the U.S. federal government, its contractors and other facilities to comply with federal identity mandates and take advantage of the PIV program’s higher security capabilities without a rip-and-replace overhaul of their current physical access control system (PACS) infrastructure.  HID Global’s new pivCLASS credential has also achieved compliance with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Evaluation Program for certifying that products meet FIPS-201 federal identity specifications.

The HID Global pivCLASS credential is available now. 

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