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Hirsch Electronics

December 08, 2010 02:30 ET

Hirsch Awarded First $1M for Multi-Year Project to Supply Security Systems to the IRS

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2010) -  Hirsch, a leading security systems manufacturer and a business unit of Identive Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVE) (FRANKFURT: INV), today confirmed the award of more than $1 million in orders to supply the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with Hirsch security systems and services. The awards are associated with the first phase of a multi-year plan to install Hirsch security systems at several hundred buildings nationwide. The notice of the awards was first made public by the General Services Administration pursuant to Federal disclosure regulations.

The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requires agencies to ensure the security of personal information -- names, addresses, etc. -- that resides in computer systems. As part of FISMA, federal agencies must conduct an extensive Security Test and Evaluation (ST&E) and issue Certification and Accreditation (C&A) only to vendors that meet the security requirements.

"This customer's data security needs and FISMA requirements were indeed extensive," noted Lars Suneborn, director of Hirsch's Government Program Group. "Hirsch is proud to have had its Velocity software successfully complete the C&A process." Before obtaining a C&A, a software package's internal security settings and policies are rigorously reviewed and tested. "The testing requirements make sense when you consider the liability issues associated with identity theft and storing PII [personally identifiable information] in computers."

As part of the project, Hirsch will provide card access readers, access control panels, intrusion detection devices, video surveillance equipment and professional services. The system features include encryption of data at rest, in transit and in use; remote web access system administration; and a fully redundant immediate fail-over server environment.

"The IRS data centers and computers hold a massive amount of sensitive information -- all of our tax records plus much more," noted Mr. Suneborn. "It's an exciting project working with the agency's officers and administrators, IT staff, engineers and facilities groups in designing and implementing this advanced security system. It addresses not only security but also information assurance (IA) objectives -- such as data confidentiality, integrity, and availability -- and continuity of government (COG) needs for fault tolerance, replication, disaster recovery, and remote yet secure accessibility."

About Hirsch Electronics

Hirsch, a business unit of Identive Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVE) (FRANKFURT: INV), manufactures integrated security and identity systems for worldwide markets. Hirsch provides solutions for commercial and government smart cards and employs experts in HSPD-12, FIPS 201, PIV, CAC, TWIC, ICAM and FISMA. The company won both "Best of Show" and "Best IT Security Product" awards at GOVSEC 2009. Further, Hirsch's RUU Verification Station was awarded "Best Authentication/Identification System" at the Government Security News 2009 Homeland Security Awards. Identive Group, Inc. is a leading provider of products, services and solutions for the security, identification and RFID industries. For more information, please visit and

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