17 May, 2007
By Marisa Torrieri, Contributing Editor
Now that federal agencies are invested in the planned government-wide issuance of highly secure, interoperable smart card IDs, actually implementing the new system remains the biggest practical and technological hurdle.
“The card is only the first stage,” says Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “There’s a whole other phase – accessing the physical access control systems and integrating the smart card into the logical security and PKI infrastructure that many of the agencies operate.”
Many of last year’s hurdles revolved around learning how to implement FIPS 201, the technological specification developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The standard is the backbone of the new Personal Identity Verification (PIV) smart cards. It is the synthesis of many different technological components: Physical access, logical access, biometrics and PKI, among others.
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