ActivIdentity has modified its AcivID Credential Management System (CMS) appliance to contain the industry’s new Commercial Identity Verification (CIV) credential.
Developed by the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council, the PIV-level credential is designed for commercial enterprise use and replaces the PIV-C concept. ActivIdentity played a role in the Alliance’s new white paper on this topic, which defines the CIV credential and describes its benefits. The paper also discusses planning and implementation, as well as use cases and best practices.
ActivIdentity integrated the CIV into HID Global’s newly launched Crescendo C800 smart card, which is preconfigured to work with the CMS appliance. This appliance leverages PIV standards and complies with FIPS-201, enabling private enterprise to take advantage of government standards in physical and IT security.
The Crescendo smart card contains a smart chip that enables a cardholder to use one credential to log in to operating systems, applications and VPNs. The device can also encrypt files and e-mails and it can be used to securely sign documents and authorize transactions.