Department Of Veterans Affairs To Use CoreStreet Technology For HSPD-12 Smart Card Program

Driven by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) goals and implementations, CoreStreet recently announced that the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) will leverage CoreStreet’s credential validation technology for the validation services required as part of its HSPD-12 smart card program.

The VA will use distributed Responder Appliances from CoreStreet to provide immediate validation of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201 compliant Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials used throughout the central and regional offices of the Department.

Verizon Business, a global provider for managed information security solutions to businesses and government agencies worldwide, will host and manage the Veterans Affairs credential solutions in a secure Verizon Business data center that is supported 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with critical services backed up by redundant systems including a hot back-up site with round-the-clock support.

"Under HSPD-12, every federal employee and contractor is required to have a single credential that provides access to secure physical locations and logical systems," said T. Jeff Vining, Gartner Research vice president, covering Homeland Security and Law Enforcement. "Momentum for HSPD-12 products and services is likely to increase as organizations look to integrate these credentials into their security practices and processes."

"Complying with the standards set out by FIPS 201 has proved daunting for many groups, but in 2007 we saw a clear shift from HSPD-12 testing to implementation," said Chris Broderick, CEO, CoreStreet. "The Veterans Affairs agency has been on the forefront in the implementation of the HSPD-12 directive and together with Verizon Business we are providing the agency with a complete solution that’s easy to deploy and manage."

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