SafeNet and the HSPD-12 Interoperability Consortium Launch Web Site Provides Critical Info to Help Government Agencies Comply with White House Mandates

SafeNet's client Middleware is the public cryptography (PKCS#11 and CAPI supported) software package used with smart cards to authenticate identity. This FIPS 201 certified software can easily be integrated into any PKI-enabled application, to provide both data and physical security.

Borderless Security Credential Management System (CMS)

Digital signatures, private keys, certificates and authentication tokens are only part of the identity management concept. The SafeNet Credential Management System is a Web-based smart card/token and digital credential management system that brings everything together. It is used to issue, manage and support SafeNet cryptographic smart cards for identity-based applications throughout the organization. Its primary features include provisioning, credential management, token life cycle management and token unblocking.

For more information on SafeNet and the HSPD-12 solution, visit

About the HSPD-12 Mandate

On August 27, 2004, in response to the general threat of unauthorized access to physical facilities and logical IT assets, the White House issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-12. The primary objectives of HSPD-12 are the development and deployment of a Federal Government-wide common and reliable identification verification system that will be interoperable between all Government agencies and serve as the basis for reciprocity between those agencies.

HSPD-12 mandates that all Federal employees and contractors need to use a smart card as identification badges for physical access and logical access to IT resources. The mandate is divided up into two parts called Personal Identity Verification parts 1 & 2 (i.e. PIV 1 / PIV 2). PIV 1 established a methodology across the Federal Agencies to properly vet a person's ID. It includes fingerprint checking with the FBI and mandatory background checks for all Federal Employees and contractors. It establishes a baseline that all agencies need to follow to ensure their employees are who they say they are. PIV 2 takes newly established identities and binds them cryptographically to a smart card.

About SafeNet, Inc.

SafeNet is a global leader in information security. Founded more than 20 years ago, the company provides complete security utilizing its encryption technologies to protect communications, intellectual property and digital identities, and offers a full spectrum of products including hardware, software, and chips. UBS, Nokia, Fujitsu, Hitachi, ARM, Bank of America, NetGear, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, Adobe, Samsung, Texas Instruments, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and scores of other customers entrust their security needs to SafeNet. For more information, visit

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