SIW to Present Webinar on HSPD-12, FIPS 201 announced today that it will be hosting a free webinar for security professionals wrestling with the challenges of HSPD-12 compliance and installation of FIPS 201 approved equipment.

The webinar -- for those unfamiliar, a webinar is a seminar conducted online where attendees watch the connection over a standard PC -- is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Featured in the webinar will be Michael Butler of the Department of Defense and Jason Halverson of the research company Frost & Sullivan.

Butler headed up the Department of Defenses' Common Access Card program as the director of the department access card office. His expertise has recently been placed "on loan" to the GSA to help other federal departments and agencies meet the converged access control requirements of HSPD-12.

Halverson, a top analyst with Frost & Sullivan, has conducted extensive research on the smart card and security market, an area that has been increasingly concerned with the FIPS 201 technical standards and the HSPD-12 directive.

Following Butler and Halverson's objective analysis and educational session,'s editor Geoff Kohl, will pull together a technology panel with representatives from companies serving different facets of HSPD-12 implementation. Bioscrypt will be discussing the biometric requirements for FIPS 201 compliant access control. A representative from Hirsch Electronics will be discussing how converged access control will work for FIPS-compliant government facilities. Magicard will be presenting on the technical requirements of smart cards for the FIPS standards, and GE Security will be addressing the integration needs that federal agencies are facing.

While the webinar is especially geared toward government security and IT staff members, as well as the integrators working in that space, the session promises also to be applicable to any organization considering a converged access control system, and to any company's that works closely with government departments as a contractor.

Interested persons can sign up online at the HSPD-12/FIPS 201 webinar registration page. The cost is free, and registrants will receive a reminder email prior to the actual program. Following the live presentation on Aug. 24, the webinar will be archived on for those unable to attend the live date.

In conjunction with the HSPD-12/FIPS 201 webinar from, Security Technology & Design magazine will be publishing a September supplement addressing HSPD-12/FIPS 201 that will be released at the ASIS International show and with the magazine's regular issue. According to Steve Lasky, publisher and editor-in-chief of ST&D magazine, the supplement will approach the world of HSPD-12 from both the perspective of the end-user and the systems integrators hired to assist the federal agencies in meeting the requirements.

"Our goal is not to scare people into compliance," said Lasky, "but to give them the knowledge tools to meet compliance for this upcoming October deadline."

Questions regarding the webinar can be directed to publisher Paul Caplan or editor Geoff Kohl.