Department Leverages Embedded PKI Investment to Meet HSPD-12 Deadline
DALLAS, March 13 /CNW/ -- In support of the U.S. Department of State's
effective and efficient approach, Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU) praised the
agency for successfully meeting a high-profile Presidential directive. The
agency recently used their embedded public key infrastructure (PKI) from
Entrust to comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12).
The Department's strategy clearly supports the intention behind HSPD-12 of
standardizing security while making smart use of taxpayer dollars.
On Oct. 27, the Department of State successfully issued six Personal
Identity Verification (PIV) cards and fully met the HSPD-12 requirements,
which mandated a single credential for both full physical and logical access.
The directive stated that each government agency must have the ability to
issue at least one PIV card by October 27, 2006. The Department issued three
PIV cards to State personnel, two to the Peace Corps and one to the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID). Per the directive, each
government employee and contractor will be assigned a PIV card no later than
October 2008. Since meeting the October 2006 deadline, the Department of
State has proceeded with deployment as planned.
"In order to stretch limited IT resources and budget, the Department of
State proactively adapted their embedded PKI solution to meet the requirements
of the HSPD-12 mandate," said Entrust Chairman, President and Chief Executive
Officer Bill Conner. "This strategy embraced the direction of the U.S. Office
of Management and Budget and has proven to be an efficient, cost-effective
tactic that enhances IT safeguards across the entire agency and its overseas
HSPD-12 was issued in 2004 requiring uniform standards for government
identity credentials. HSPD-12 applies to government employees and contractors
and governs physical and logical access. The standard outlines the PIV system
that supports a common smart card-based platform for identity authentication
and access to multiple types of physical and logical environments. Smart
cards are used to carry the physical and digital components forming the user's
Entrust designed and deployed the Department of State's current PKI
solution, which gives State employees critical IT security capabilities
including secure messaging, digital signatures, encryption and authentication
to key resources. At present, the deployment of PKI technology and
credentials to the Department of State's end-user community has reached more
than 32,000 people -- both inside the country and overseas.
Entrust is a trusted provider for governments seeking security solutions
and PKI expertise. Serving more than 60 civilian departments and government
agencies with PKI solutions, Entrust has a strong reputation based upon
government initiatives that include public ePassport technology in the U.S.
and Singapore, HSPD-12 compliance, online services and national identification
Headquartered in Washington D.C., the U.S. Department of State is the
Cabinet-level foreign affairs agency of the U.S. Government and is
administered by the United States Secretary of State.
Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU) is a world leader in securing digital
identities and information. Over 1,550 enterprises and government agencies in
more than 60 countries use Entrust solutions to help secure the digital lives
of their citizens, customers, employees and partners. Our proven software and
services can help customers in achieving regulatory and corporate compliance,
while helping to turn security challenges such as identity theft and e-mail
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