As the call for the adoption of Personal Identification Verification-Interoperability (PIV-I) credentials grows, Citi’s global transaction services (GTS) has successfully completed cross-certification to the PIV-I standard via the CertiPath identity bridge.
The news comes as there is a growing need for non-executive branch federal employees, customers and partners, first responders, and state and local officials to gain access to facilities and systems, to which they have explicitly been authorised access, using their own, single identity credential. At the federal level, this need translates into increased pressure on agencies to demonstrate and execute concrete plans of action for rolling out these credentials now, articulated by the Office of Management and Budget Memo 11-11, which specifically ties future information technology funding to compliance with the standards defined by the Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management Roadmap (FICAMR).
In 2009, the US Dept. of Homeland Security estimated there were 25.3 million first responders who might require PIV-I credentials. Adding to that number is the growing list of employees who ‘hotel’ at various employer sites, as well as consultants, contractors and visitors who may need access for days or for months to complete a project. Credentialing these individuals requires a credential issuer that has successfully demonstrated high-volume, reliable identity assurance processes and practices.
“As we’ve built out the use cases for PIV-I credentials within the supply chain, we’re seeing a lot of pent-up demand,” said Jeff Nigriny, chief executive officer (CEO) and president of CertiPath. “Citi brings the operational excellence, rigorous processes and the proven ability to repeat and scale necessary to meet the need with the highest levels of integrity.”
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