HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, and Winner of the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, has announced a new version of its Credential Management System (CMS), ActivID® CMS 5.0, that digitizes smart card technology, expands the use of digital certificates in credentials and reaches new platforms that plastic cards don’t reach.
The new ActivID® CMS 5.0 makes it possible for people to be authenticated for digital access without using a physical smart card.
Ultimately, HID’s new CMS will help strengthen capabilities to prevent data breaches and create a trusted digital environment.
With ActivID CMS 5.0, organizations can have greater confidence to trust the people who are accessing their networks and conducting digital transactions.
With the availability of virtual smart cards and derived credentials, ActivID CMS 5.0 makes identity more portable digitally across cards, phones and other devices, is able to take advantage of new Windows® software capabilities to simplify deployment of credentials, and offers the flexibility and robustness for customers to manage people’s credentials from the cloud.
HID’s CMS is widely used in the U.S. federal government to manage government ID badges (commonly referred to as PIV cards) as well as by enterprise organizations to increase the secure access of online resources.
(Learn More. See how HID PIV Enterprise and Express solutions delivers an integrated authentication solution for standards-compliant identity and credential management. Courtesy of HID Global and YouTube)
A number of technology and solution partners also rely on HID’s CMS for credential management.
The customer requirements that led to the development of the new capabilities in ActivID CMS 5.0 include:
- Eliminate the burden and cost of physically provisioning each plastic card for digital access and attaching a physical reader to a computer by making deployment easier and more cost-efficient
- Transport the same identity of a person from a card to a mobile device in a seamless and compliant way
- Provide a cloud-ready solution for partners to integrate CMS 5.0 functionality into their own cloud platforms
“Our ActivID Credential Management System 5.0 is a step up for digital identity, addressing the evolving expectations of our millions of customers who are currently on CMS 4,” explains Brad Jarvis, Vice President & Managing Director, IAM Solutions, with HID Global.
“With ActivID CMS 5.0, we are adding a higher level of trust to digital IDs and extending the types of applications that can benefit from HID’s identity and access management solutions, namely Windows logon, VPN, document signing, encryption, online resource access and multi-factor authentication – all without requiring a physical card or attached reader.”
(Learn More. Multi-factor authentication is simple; something you have, something you are and something you know. Learn what how to protect your data and your network, regardless of human error. Courtesy of HID Global and YouTube)
Leveraging a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), virtual smart cards are a secure alternative to smart cards, OTP tokens and other authentication methods.
Furthermore, with derived credentials, ActivID CMS 5.0 will enable users to use their device of choice, such as reading encrypted email on a mobile phone instead of on a desktop computer.
The same process that is commonly deployed to issue a physical smart card is used to issue derived credentials, so customers can have the assurance that security is retained while simplifying deployment and reducing costs.
Working with PIV credentials, ActivID CMS 5.0 is fully compliant with the National Institute for Standard and Technology (NIST) FIPS 201 standard, including PIV derived credentials.
The ActivID Credential Management System is ideal for:
- Medium to large enterprises issuing employees with converged access cards or smart tokens for authentication, data encryption and data signing
- Organizations deploying Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards and commercial organizations deploying PIV Interoperable (PIV-I) or Commercial Identity Verification (CIV) cards.
- Governments issuing citizens identification cards with PKI-based credentials
ActivID CMS is the only offering in the industry that makes it possible for organizations to create, manage and use a single PKI smart card for both IT and physical access – using a unified solution from a single vendor.
Organizations deploying ActivID CMS are able to securely provision PKI certificates and other credentials to a range of different devices, including smart cards, virtual smart cards, tokens and mobile devices.
It is also scalable to millions of credentials in distributed complex environments with multiple user groups.
ActivID CMS interfaces with physical access control systems (PACS) to automate the PIV or PIV-I card enrollment process enabling users to use their card to authenticate at the door without the need to re-enroll their card.
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
American Security Today’s 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East was an overwhelming success, with distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government.
Over 100 professionals gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission
- State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies, and
- Leaders in Private Security
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon
Recognized for their Innovative Training and Education Programs, Outstanding Product Development Achievements and Exciting New Technologies to address the growing Homeland Security Threats our Nation is facing.
American Security Today was formed after careful reflection of 9/11 and its aftermath when the Department of Homeland Security was established and there was an immediate explosion of new products and solutions for what was perceived as an imminent second attack on primary targets in the United States.
As time moved forward from 9/11 itself and in recent years, the threats to our nation have evolved from a large scale 9/11 type attack to:
- Domestic and International Terrorist Attacks carried out by ‘lone wolves’ and coordinated individuals
- Cybersecurity breach attacks against our government agencies, financial institutions and critical infrastructure facilities
- Unprecedented urban violence
- Cultural shifts and societal media bias, which make it increasingly difficult to secure our nation in this constantly evolving threat environment.
These current circumstances have put forward another rapid expansion of new ideas, products and solutions to combat these ever changing challenges.
These changes have called for a new generation of security experts in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields who need real time knowledge of our ever growing threats.
These experts include the Government at the Federal, State and Local levels as well as from Private Firms specializing in Physical Security, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security responsible for implementing coordinated security measures to ensure our Nation’s Security and improve Public Safety.
Together, each of these entities work together seamlessly on the front lines of protecting our communities, to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’
AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.
To highlight the tremendous accomplishments of agencies and firms receiving this prestigious award, check out American Security Today’s 2017 December ‘ASTORS’ Champions Edition – ‘Year in Review.’
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HID Global is the market leader for PIV cards, which are used by US federal employees to access online government resources.
Their trusted identity solutions give people convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be identified, verified and tracked digitally.
Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID technology.