FRAC solutions provide emergency response officials with critical
information in times of crisis
DALLAS, May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Facilitated by digital
identities and public key infrastructure from Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU),
the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) and their First Responder
Authentication Credential (FRAC) application successfully participated in the
nationwide Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Office of National
Capital Region Coordination (NCRC), "Spring Ahead" event this week.
The Illinois Terrorism Task Force joined local, public, private, state
and federal agencies and organizations in this multi-jurisdictional electronic
validation demonstration leveraging Federal Information Processing Standard
(FIPS) 201-compliant and FIPS 201-interoperable credentials.
"The interoperability of seamlessly authenticating credentials from
different local, state and federal agencies is a tremendous asset during times
of unfortunate emergency or tragedy," said Entrust President and Chief
Executive Officer Bill Conner. "Standards-based credentialing projects are
critical to the safety and security of this country, and we're eager to see
how Entrust PKI and digital certificates can help better prepare our states
and country for unforeseen disasters or tragedy. Other states should look to
the State of Illinois as an example of technology leadership and innovation."
Although Spring Ahead featured eight separate scenarios throughout the
week, the interoperability of the State of Illinois FRAC solution was on
display during a three-hour session Thursday. The credentials of up to 25
emergency response officials and other individuals were authenticated as part
of Illinois' participation in FEMA NCRC's nationwide demonstration.
Fifteen were specific emergency response official credentials, but others
included U.S. Department of Defense Common Access Cards (CAC) and basic
state-issued driver's licenses -- all of which helped prove the program's
interoperability to authenticate credentials from various agencies.
More than 30 organizations, in 20 locations across the United States,
simultaneously authenticated and uploaded digital certificates to a
repository. Participants and observers viewed a Web-enabled mapping
application that provided local, regional and national emergency operation
centers with near-real-time situational awareness of on-scene personnel during
This repository provides the capability to electronically validate
emergency response officials' digital identities and attributes -- including
qualifications, authorizations, certifications, or privileges -- to strengthen
the decision-making process for granting access to the incident scene, and
provide secure electronic manifests of those who respond.
Including digital identities provided by PKI technology, the FRAC
solution enables local, state and federal agencies to confidently make access
decisions at any incident by quickly authenticating and validating -- via a
smart credential and certified handheld credential reader -- the identities
and roles of individuals wishing to enter or exit a secure or restricted area.
Verified knowledge of roles, identities and privileges enables agencies to
manage emergency response officials and allows incident command to adjust
quickly to emergencies by distributing personnel where they're needed most.
Entrust's First Responder Authentication Credential solution is FIPS
201-compatible and interoperable with numerous smart credentials issued by
various government entities. Further interoperability comes through
cross-certification with the U.S. Federal Bridge Certification Authority
(FBCA) so credentials can be verified across federal, state and local
agencies, and among jurisdictions.
Entrust's hosted Non-Federal Shared Service Provider PKI solution is also
cross-certified to the Federal Bridge Certification Authority (FBCA) and is
appropriate for various non-Federal entities, organizations and agencies. This
solution enables specific organizations to use digital certificates for
authentications, encryption, digital signatures and physical and/or logical
access, but without expensive upfront investments, in-house experts or secure
The Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) is charged with the task of
assuring that Illinois is ready to respond to an act of terrorism. Due to the
commitment of the members of the Task Force and the ability of the associated
agencies to come together in a spirit of cooperation and teamwork, Illinois
has plans in place to deal with a terrorist attack in our state.
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information for enterprises and governments in 2,000 organizations spanning 60
countries. Offering trusted security for less, Entrust solutions represent the
right balance between affordability, expertise and service. These include SSL,
strong authentication, fraud detection, digital certificates and PKI. For
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