05 April, 2011
HID Global announced it will be demonstrating the first in a planned family of FIPS 201 compliant solutions at ISC West 2011. The company’s Federal Identity Compliance Initiative will make it easier for federal agencies to upgrade an existing physical access control system to support recently mandated government identity-verification standards.
Customers will be able to deploy HID Global readers that are integrated with its ActivIdentity ActivEntry upgrade modules, and achieve full FIPS 201 compliance without having to replace their current physical access control head-end server, panel or door control hardware.
According to a February 2011 memorandum issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget, existing physical and logical access control systems must be upgraded to use PIV credentials in accordance with NIST guidelines, before federal agencies may use development and technology refresh funds to complete other activities.
HID Global’s Federal Identity Compliance Initiative aims to help agency’s comply and offer a roadmap from legacy to PIV credentials, and provide a modular hardware approach that makes it easier for agencies to respond to regulatory changes, modify security levels in selected areas as required, and take advantage of ongoing advances in access-control technology.
HID Global’s next-generation readers use EAL5+ Secure Element hardware for tamper-proof protection of keys and cryptographic operations, and the Open Supervised Device Protocol to establish bidirectional communications link with the company’s ActivEntry hardware modules.
This creates a tested and validated solution for upgrading an existing physical access control infrastructure so that it can authenticate PIV credentials across the range of assurance levels as defined by the federal government’s Special Publication 800-116. The most recent ActivEntry 2.4 offering also adds a new service application programming interface (API) that integrates PACS enrollment capability directly into the validation service.
HID Global plans to expand its offering to address all SP800-116 access permission levels, including Controlled, Limited and Exclusion areas. To showcase the capabilities HID Global will offer during the first two deployment phases of its Federal Identity Compliance Initiative, the company will be featuring its access control platform, the iCLASS SE reader, in the following demonstrations at ISC West 2011:
- Controlled access compliance: This solution will show how HID Global’s access control platform supports Card Authentication Key (CAK) Certificate access and delivers access permissions to Controlled areas per SP800-116 requirements.
- Contact and biometric compliance: This solution will enable PIV authorization certificate access, which delivers access permissions to Controlled, Limited and Exclusion areas per SP800-116 requirements.
HID Global will be offering its Federal Identity Compliance Initiative product family through its proven network of physical access control channel partners. HID Global also plans to extend the program beyond FIPS 201 to support Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)-at-the-door compliance and also PIV-I and PIV-C (PIV-compatible) requirements for cards issued by non-federal entities.