Two more ActivIdentity smart card solutions have achieved FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification, while its ActivClient PIV has received a FIPS 201 certificate from NIST, the company announced.
FREMONT, Calif.– ActivIdentity Inc., a global leader in digital identity assurance, announced the company continues to deliver security solutions that meet strict government guidelines for information and identity protection. Two additional ActivIdentity smart card solutions have successfully achieved the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 certification, with multiple ActivIdentity Smart Card Applets versions allowed for each certificate. Additionally, on May 23, 2006, the ActivIdentity ActivClient PIV API received a FIPS 201 Certificate from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in support of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201.
Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12 addresses the security and reliability of Federal identification through consistent standards for secure credentials. The FIPS 201 program, entitled Personal Identity Verification of Federal Employees and Contractors (PIV), was developed to satisfy the requirements of HSPD-12. Several agencies have an existing smart card infrastructure in place, and can rely on PIV Transitional specifications as a first step to meet the HSPD-12 mandate.
Other agencies with no existing infrastructure are expected to implement the PIV End Point specifications to meet compliance. ActivIdentity addresses the requirements of both communities by delivering solutions certified for both PIV Transitional and PIV End Point customers. Taking advantage of ActivClient, organizations can deploy PIV2 compliant middleware today, for use with existing smart cards while ensuring no re-deployment of middleware when migrating to new PIV2 cards.
“As an industry leader, we believe strongly in embracing and driving standards,” said Dominic Fedronic, chief technical officer at ActivIdentity. “The digital identity assurance market continues to drive the adoption of standards such as PIV and FIPS, allowing for greater interoperability between solutions. Proprietary, closed systems create vendor-lock-in problems, place the entire burden of integration on the customer and provide no guarantee of future support.”
The FIPS 140-2 certificates for ActivIdentity Digital Identity Applet Suite V2 on Axalto Cyberflex Access 64K V2 and ActivIdentity Digital Identity Applet Suite v1/v2 on OCS ID-One Cosmo 64 v5 can be found at http://csrc.nist.gov/cryptval/140-1/1401val2006.htm . The FIPS 201 certificate for ActivIdentity ActivClient(TM) PIV API, version 188.8.131.52 can be found at csrc.nist.gov/npivp/PIVMiddlewareCertificate2.pdf.
ActivIdentity (formerly known as ActivCard) is the trusted provider of digital identity assurance solutions for the enterprise, government, healthcare, and financial services markets worldwide. The company provides the only fully-integrated platform for the secure issuance, management and use of single secure digital identities.
The ActivIdentity platform allows users to access information, communicate and conduct electronic transactions anywhere, anytime, regardless of differing security requirements and authentication challenges. Solutions include secure remote access, single sign-on, large scale enterprise access card systems, and multi-channel identification and verification.
More than 15 million users and 4,000 customers worldwide rely on solutions from ActivIdentity. Headquartered in Fremont, Calif., the company has development centers in the United States, Australia, France, and sales and service centers in more than ten countries. For more information, visit www.actividentity.com.
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