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February 14, 2013

Entrust Inc. Meets NIST Standards, Receives FIPS Certification

Entrust (News - Alert) Inc., a provider of identity-based security solutions based in Dallas, Texas, has completed FIPS 201 and FIPS 140 certifications for the company’s PIV smartcard credential technology, which was also tested and certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

"These certifications demonstrate Entrust's ongoing commitment to high security standards, particularly for large-scale identity authentication and credentialing interoperability," Bill Connor, president and CEO of Entrust, said in a statement. "This achievement provides organizations across the world the assurances they need to deploy Entrust solutions and services with confidence and unwavering trust."

The certifications are designed to demonstrate an organization’s ability to operate within standards set by the NIST; this allows governments, private corporations, banks to choose the correct company for them in order to offer the best security solutions. In most cases, these certifications are the only thing that could make or break a deal with certain companies.

"Entrust has long been committed to providing credentialing solutions that are compliant to the necessary PIV standards," said Conner. "Adding additional capabilities and conveniences, however, provides organizations unmatched versatility to achieve identity-based security standards that are a perfect match for their organization and overall goals."

According to the Entrust statement, FIPS 140 certification guarantees that a solution at least meets U.S. government security standards that specify requirements for cryptography modules and an ability to resist physical interference.

Along with these new certifications, Entrust also provides Mobile Smart Credentials, which allow customers to have a PIV-compatible credential that can be placed on mobile devices. This would help customers secure information that passes through their mobile devices with management integration and transparent monitoring and authentication.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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