VeriSign's Card Management System Receives HSPD-12 Certification

Feb. 26, 2007
GSA system approved for FIPS 201, uses PKI to manage workflow, card issuance process

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- February 26, 2007 -- VeriSign, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent infrastructure for the networked world, announced today that its Card Management System (CMS) has been certified under the General Services Administration (GSA)-managed FIPS 201 Evaluation Program. VeriSign is the first vendor to receive its CMS certification using FIPS 201-compliant Shared Service Provider (SSP) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificates. VeriSign is the only vendor that has both its SSP PKI and CMS on the GSA FIPS 201 Approved Product List.

FIPS 201 is a standard outlined in Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) that sets the requirements for a common identity credential for all Federal employees and contractors.

"VeriSign is proud to offer a fully integrated, FIPS-compliant CMS and SSP PKI solution for our customers," said George Schu, VeriSign's Vice President for Strategic Development. "This is truly unique and has already been leveraged by several federal agencies. The benefit of our standards-based approach is that a government agency can more quickly and cost-effectively implement an HSPD-12 solution, with significantly reduced deployment risk. This saves tax payers' money and makes everyone safer, more quickly."

VeriSign's Card Management System is pre-packaged and integrated with VeriSign's SSP PKI solution and is specifically designed for HSPD-12 deployments supporting a wide choice of compliant smart card types, workflows, and deployment options for meeting FIPS 201 requirements. VeriSign's integrated solution enables federal government agencies, as well as other organizations seeking a standards-based approach, to quickly comply with the processes defined in FIPS 201. The solution integrates user enrollment, document capture, biometric capture, card production, credentialing and printing within a strictly role-separated application suite.

VeriSign received its certification for SSP PKI in 2006.