By Joab Jackson
VeriSign Inc., Mountain View, Calif., will provide an agencywide public-key infrastructure service for a new smart-card personnel identification system being developed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The company estimates that extending the service to the bureau will generate “hundreds of thousands” in annual charges for the company, said Barry Leffew, VeriSign’s vice president overseeing its public sector group.
The service will be part of a bureauwide, smart-card-based security system to be put in place over the next 12 to 24 months, Leffew said Feb. 4. It will serve all 13,000 bureau personnel.
This work will the first PKI deployment to be put in place across an entire civilian agency, Leffew said.