Security Industry Rallies With Digital Identity Assurance Leader ActivIdentity

ActivIdentity has created and end-to-end FIPS 201 PIV integration that reduces cost, time and risk


FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ActivIdentity Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTI), a global leader in digital identification for government and enterprise, today announced the support of the security industry's leading technology companies for ActivIdentity's next-generation ultra secure, open smart card management and client platforms merging both physical and logical security access in a single Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS 201) compliant system. (For additional information and quotes click )

The National Institute of Standards and Initiatives (NIST) responded to HSPD-12 by issuing FIPS 201, which identified smart cards as the device to be used to provide the security and rapid electronic authentication to verify the identity of individuals accessing government resources globally. The rapidly approaching October 27, 2006 deadline for HSPD-12 mandates government agencies to deploy FIPS 201-certified Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards, which incorporate identity assurance and strong authentication practices utilizing PKI and biometric fingerprint credentials on a single cryptographic smart card for increased security of both facility and network access.

ActivIdentity has worked with many government agencies and leaders in the industry to create an end-to-end FIPS 201 PIV solution set that incorporates ActivIdentity's industry leading smart card and credential management systems (ActivIdentity CMS 4.0) and smart card client software (ActivIdentity ActivClient 6.0) products. This industry integration reduces the cost, time and risk of deployment for customers.

"Government working with industry leaders has created a digital identification security standard that addresses the employee needs of both government and businesses internationally as the two sectors place greater demand on secure electronic interaction and information sharing," said Jason Hart, CEO of ActivIdentity. "Providing employees with a trusted digital identity enables them to securely access information and facilities, communicate, as well as digitally sign documents and transactions, while protecting their data."

"The FIPS 201 PIV standards will transform an industry that has been largely proprietary, enabling the growth and development of a broad range of global applications that utilize PIV cards and credentials. ActivIdentity and our partners are continuing to push the envelope by providing open, advanced, secure digital identity assurance solutions that address the convergence of physical and logical systems enabled by these standards," added Hart.

Industry leaders supporting ActivIdentity to deliver FIPS 201 PIV solutions include: identity management systems companies Novell, Inc. and Sun Microsystems, Inc.; systems integrators Alternative Technology, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Maximus, Inc. and Unisys Corporation; certificate authority vendor Entrust, Inc.; identity verification systems vendors Daon, ImageWare Systems, Inc. and Probaris Technologies; physical security systems company Lenel Systems International, Inc.; and smart card manufacturers Gemalto and Oberthur Card Systems Corporation. (For additional information and quotes click )

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