"The selection of a universal standard across the state will allow Pennsylvania to better organize, account for, and identify first responders in the event of an emergency," said Kristen Miller, Pennsylvania's Deputy for Information Technology. "Additionally, the Commonwealth can leverage its credentials in encryption, digital signing, and strong authentication services."
"VeriSign is pleased to have been named the Commonwealth's SSP PKI standard, and we look forward to meeting the Commonwealth's security needs," said George Schu, Vice President for Strategic Development, VeriSign. Schu added, "We applaud the Commonwealth's decision to adopt an identity credentialing solution compatible with that being deployed for Federal agencies and their contractors. The Commonwealth will benefit substantially from the interoperability, and lower costs, associated with the large-scale HSPD-12 solutions being deployed by the Federal government."
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is one of the first non-Federal organizations to choose the VeriSign SSP PKI for Non-Federal Entities. The selection of a universal standard across the state will allow Pennsylvania to better organize, account for, and identify first responders in the event of an emergency. Additionally, the Commonwealth can leverage its credentials in encryption, digital signing, and strong authentication services.
VeriSign established an SSP PKI to enable non-Federal entities to capitalize on the standards and technologies that have been developed to meet Federal requirements under HSPD-12. The solution responds to a growing demand from State and Local governments and corporations for a robust, standards-based identity credential that can be used for both physical and logical access.
VeriSign's SSP PKI meets the technical and policy requirements defined in Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201 (Personal Identity Verification for Federal Employees and Contractors) and seamlessly integrates with the VeriSign Card Management System (CMS for PIV) to provide a turnkey capability for managing digital certificates and PIV cards.
VeriSign's SSP PKI was the first service to be certified under the General Services Administration (GSA)-managed FIPS 201 Evaluation Program, and subsequently was the first component added to the FIPS 201 Approved Product List. VeriSign SSP PKI is one of the most complete offerings available in the marketplace today. It includes all end-entity certificate types needed to enable security for the full spectrum of applications including: digital signature; file encryption; secure mail; remote access; windows smartcard logon; and authenticated physical access. In addition, VeriSign SSP PKI includes key escrow and key recovery for private encryption keys and a bundled Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) validation service to enable real-time checking of certificate validity.
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