VeriSign will provide the government agency with its integrated Personal Identification Verification (PIV) Card Management System (CMS) and Shared Service Provider (SSP) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solution. The integrated, managed solution helps enable quick deployment and faster compliance with the mandate.
"VeriSign's managed PKI solution made it possible for us to deploy an HSPD-12-compliant solution without making costly infrastructure investments, saving time and taxpayer dollars," said Winona Varnon, Esq., director of security services, Department of Education. "The seamless integration between the CMS and the SSP components represents a significant advantage over other solutions. Given VeriSign's extensive experience operating mission critical Internet infrastructure, we are confident we have made the right decision."
The VeriSign integrated solution provides agencies with a single, easy-to-use platform to manage the issuance and life-cycle of both the PIV card and the associated PKI credentials. This managed service solution of smart card and certificate management systems helps enable quicker deployments and ensures the highest return on the customer's investment.
"To comply with the HSPD-12 mandate, government agencies need proven, reliable, and scalable solutions that meet the criteria specified in Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201)," said George Schu, vice president for strategic development, VeriSign. "VeriSign's integrated PIV Card Management System and Shared Service Provider PKI allow our customers to lower the total cost of ownership by leveraging a common platform to meet critical government security requirements."
In June of 2006, VeriSign 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 GSA's FIPS 201 Approved Product List. Government agencies that choose the VeriSign SSP PKI can be assured that not only can VeriSign provide the mandatory and optional certificate types defined in FIPS 201, but that the VeriSign SSP PKI and associated certificate validation services are being delivered by a highly scalable, reliable and secure infrastructure unmatched in the industry.
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