Friday, December 9, 2011

NIST's new standard to bring HSPD-12 to smartphones

Thursday - 12/8/2011
By Jason Miller

The excitement and inevitability of mobile computing is forcing agencies to rethink how they implement Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.
With 5.1 million federal employees and contracting holding secure identification cards and the impending deadline for agencies to begin using these cards to log on to their computer network, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is updating the federal standard for implementing HSPD-12.
NIST is considering five different options for how the smartcard could be integrated with smartphones or tablet computers. The new Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201-2 is expected to be ready in the second quarter of 2012, said Hildegard Ferraiolo, a NIST computer scientist.
While NIST doesn't expect the mobile device to replace the desktop or laptop in the short term, Ferraiolo said a combination of agency demand and the need to keep up with technology is driving the updates to the federal standard.


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