Personal Identity Verification (PIV)

In 2004, the White House issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12 in order to establish more uniform standards for issuing government identity credentials. HSPD-12 applies to all government employees and contractors and governs physical (facility) and logical (systems) access.

Born from this directive was FIPS 201 — a requirement by the NIST that specifies architecture and technical requirements for a common identification standard for U.S. government employees and contractors.

The standard outlines the proposed Personal Identity Verification (PIV) system that supports a common smartcard-based platform for identity authentication and access to multiple types of physical and logical access environments. Smartcards carry the physical and digital components forming the user’s PIV credentials.

Many governments and private organizations are using the PIV standard to guide the development of internal employee credential programs.

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For State/Local Government & Approved Contractors

Entrust’s PIV-I solution enables organizations to provide credentials for employees who need to perform trusted transactions with the U.S. federal government. These credentials meet PIV technical specifications to work with the government’s PIV infrastructure and allow federal departments to trust the credential’s identity information.

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For Any Organization

Regardless of environment or vertical, Entrust provides organizations PIV-compliant (PIV-C) credentialing solutions that follow the same strict security standards in use by the U.S. government.

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For U.S. Federal Government

Entrust  is one of only a handful of PKI vendors approved to issue digital certificates  for U.S. departments and agencies through the Shared Service Provider (SSP) program. In addition, Entrust provides the digital certificates for all agencies who receive PIV credentials, from the General Services Administration (GSA), via the USAccess program.

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