01 July, 2008
The National Institute of Standards and Technology released Special Publication 800-79-1, “Guidelines for the Accreditation of Personal Identity Verification Card Issuers.”
The revised publication provides guidelines for authorizing issuers of Personal Identity Verification cards. The new paper brings another acronym to the party in PCI, or Personal Identity Verification Card Issuers.
The reliability of the issuers is of important when different agencies are trusting credentials issued by another. “This trust will only exist if organizations relying on the credentials and cards issued by a given organization have the necessary level of assurance that the reliability of the issuing organization has been established through a formal accreditation process.”
This special publication gives issuers guidelines designed to assist agencies in creating the accreditation plan. Realizing that organizations may be different in how they choose to structure issuing operations, the guidelines have been developed to support flexibility, and are designed to minimize the effort needed to assess, accredit, and monitor the continued reliability of an issuer.
The full special publication can be downloaded here.