SOURCE: The Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance

February 28, 2012 12:50 ET

Smart Card Alliance Identity Council and Access Control Council Release PIV-I Case Studies, Educational Resources on Secure Identity Credentials

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ--(Marketwire - Feb 28, 2012) - The Smart Card Alliance Identity Council and Access Control Council today released two new resources for individuals and organizations looking for more education on Personal Identity Verification (PIV), PIV-Interoperable (PIV-I), and Commercial Identity Verification (CIV) credentials. The white paper, "PIV-Interoperable Credential Case Studies," and the brief, "A Comparison of PIV, PIV-I and CIV Credentials" are available for free download on the Smart Card Alliance website.

A variety of organizations, including large corporations, consulting firms, and state and local governments, are all beginning to deploy PIV-I solutions. The white paper, "PIV-Interoperable Credential Case Studies" is one of the first efforts to document and share information about these PIV-I deployments. The white paper profiles PIV-I projects for the following organizations: Booz Allen Hamilton; SAIC; XTec Incorporated; and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The case studies outline:

  • How and why each organizations chose to establish an identity program using the PIV-I credential
  • Best practices and lessons learned for deployment
  • Realized benefits of each PIV-I credentialing project

"An increasing number of commercial, off-the-shelf physical, logical, and mobile enterprise applications support PIV and PIV-I authentication methods, so it is easier and more cost-effective than ever for organizations to deploy a PIV-I solution," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "Because these PIV-I case studies are the first enterprise deployments outside of first responder use cases, we thought it was critically important to document their progress in this white paper for other organizations to use as a resource."

For more general education on PIV, PIV-I and CIV credentials, the Smart Card Alliance has created the brief, "A Comparison of PIV, PIV-I and CIV Credentials." Presented as a table, the brief compares the policies, processes and technical features of the three types of credentials. It shows how the policy and process around PIV and PIV-I enable the interoperability and trust of the credential, while the CIV credential definition was developed to define a commercial credential that could take advantage of the PIV infrastructure.

Next month, the Smart Card Alliance will provide further education on secure identity credentialing at the ISC West conference in Las Vegas. The Smart Card Alliance Educational Institute will host the workshop, "Standards-Based Secure Identity Credentials: Leveraging the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Specifications for Commercial Credentialing Programs," on March 27th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in Sands Room 104. Registration is available on the workshop webpage at

Identity Council participants involved in the development of the PIV-I case study white paper included: Booz Allen Hamilton; Consult Hyperion; Datacard Group; Deloitte; Diebold; HP Enterprise Services; IDenticard; Identification Technology Partners; Identive Group; IDmachines; Intellisoft, Inc.; NagraID Security; NXP Semiconductors; Probaris; SAIC; XTec Incorporated.

Access Control Council participants involved in the development of the PIV, PIV-I and CIV credential comparison included: AMAG Technology; Booz Allen Hamilton; Diebold; HP Enterprise Services; Identification Technology Partners; Identive Group; IDmachines; Intellisoft, Inc.; NASA; NXP Semiconductors; Oberthur Technologies; Probaris; U.S. Department of State; XTec, Incorporated.

For more identity credentialing resources, visit the Smart Card Alliance Government ID Resources webpage.

About the Identity Council
The Smart Card Alliance Identity Council is focused on promoting best policies and practices concerning person and machine identity, including strong authentication and the appropriate authorization across different use cases. Through its activities the Council encourages the use of digital identities that provide strong authentication across assurance environments through smart credentials -- e.g., smart ID cards, mobile devices, enhanced driver's licenses, and other tokens. The Council addresses the challenges of securing identity and develops guidance for organizations so that they can realize the benefits that secure identity delivers. The Council engages a broad set of participants and takes an industry perspective, bringing careful thought, joint planning, and multiple organization resources to bear on addressing the challenges of securing identity information for proper use.

About the Access Control Council
The Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council is focused on accelerating the widespread acceptance, use, and application of smart card technology for physical and logical access control. The group brings together, in an open forum, leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors and works on activities that are important to the access control community and that will help expand smart card technology adoption in this important market.

About the Smart Card Alliance
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit

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