The federal government’s NIST standard for strong, two-factor authentication uses the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card, a standard with a supporting ecosystem that the Smart Card Alliance helped create. To advance its use and other government strong two-factor authentication initiatives, the Alliance developed a professional training and certification program called the Certified Smart Card Industry Professional/Government (CSCIP/G) program that provides advanced technical knowledge and understanding of usage models for physical and logical access control using the PIV card.
Aimed at non-technical managers, the CSCIP/G program also prepares government and technology practitioners to understand how smart card technology can help advance other important objectives of the CNAP initiative including:
For system engineers and integrators of physical and logical access control systems, the Alliance offers the Certified System Engineer ICAM PACS Training and Certification Program (CSEIP). This program provides training on the use of PIV credentials across the government enterprise to protect government facilities and secure information systems.
These training programs are provided in the D.C. area at the recently opened National Center for Advanced Payments and Identity Security in Crystal City, Virginia. The Center, an initiative of the Smart Card Alliance and sponsored in part by a grant from Heartland Payment Systems, strives to improve government, payment and identity security through education and events.
“Broadly educating government practitioners and their technology partners is fundamental to achieving the much-needed action mandated by the President’s CNAP initiative," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “Our not-for-profit organization works across multiple industries in the public and private sectors, and has a long history of collaboration and achievement in the area of two-factor authentication and IT security with the federal government. We opened our new training center in the nation’s capital area for exactly this reason—to help advance the government's awareness and use of smart card technology for strong authentication."
The Smart Card Alliance has been instrumental in helping to achieve a number of government and private sector advances in security including:
For more information on these training programs, please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org/activities-education-and-certification-programs/. The current schedule for 2016 training is:
The Smart Card Alliance Annual Government Conference, planned for June 6, 2016 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, is another opportunity for Washington D.C.-based practitioners and technology providers to get the latest information on two-factor authentication activities in the federal government.
Many other resources of educational interest are available on the Government Identity/Credentialing Resources page on the Smart Card Alliance website.
the Smart Card Alliance
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.
Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org.
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