atsec information security announced it has performed the first PIV middleware validation testing under the NIST PIV Program for the recently released SP800-73-2 giving the interfaces for Personal Identity Verification.
The certificate for the successful validation – of the charismathics Smart Security Interface PIV, Version 188.8.131.52 (certificate no. 12) – was issued Oct. 23 and can be found on the middleware validation list on the NPIVP website.
“atsec succeeded to complete successfully the first PIV middleware validation testing according to NIST’s SP800-73-2. Being the first laboratory to work under this new standard carries a lot of challenges and hidden costs resulting from the changes in the scope of testing and the corresponding tools,” said Apostol Vassilev, laboratory manager for atsec’s CST lab. “We were able to not only deliver a great return of investment to our client but also to support NIST in improving the overall validation process for the SP800-73-2 standard.”
The new special publication is an updated technical specification for PIV cards that are being phased in by U.S. agencies for use by their employees and contractors and is the first major update since 2006.