This week the Gemalto team is in Las Vegas for ISC West 2012, teaming up with other companies in the Smart Card Security Pavilion (booth 16143) to showcase some of our security solutions for government and enterprise.
Some of the technologies within the Pavilion may be new to some. Most security professionals are familiar with Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials, the secure credentials required for all U.S. government employees and contractors to gain physical and IT access to government resources. But are you familiar with new PIV-Interoperable (PIV-I) and even newer Commercial Identity Verification (CIV) credentials?
PIV-I and CIV credentials are a great option for organizations that do business with the government and for enterprises because they take advantage of the infrastructure already in place for the federal government’s PIV program. PIV-I credentials are technically interoperable and as trusted as PIV, so are ideal for government contractors, first responders, and state and local governments.
The CIV credentials, on the other hand, leverage the PIV-I specifications, technology and data model, but do not require organizations to follow the same rules for issuance and use of the cards. This means that any organization looking for an extremely secure employee badge can create, issue, and use CIV credentials for IT and physical access. This is great news for enterprises trying to prevent costly, and sometimes catastrophic, data breaches.
The Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council, in which Gemalto participates, has a created a handy chart comparing PIV, PIV-I and CIV credentials if you are interested in learning more. If you’d like to see all of these credentials in action, stop by our booth 16143 at ISC West for full demonstrations.