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NIST Wants to Make PIV Cards Work for Smartphones in Two Years

NIST Wants to Make PIV Cards Work for Smartphones in Two Years (New Cyber Technologies)

The government’s cybersecurity standards agency will launch a process this year to make it easier to verify government employees’ identities when they access government data on mobile devices. The updated standards for civilian government personal identity verification, or PIV, cards will focus on using the PIV card, as a launching point for verifying identity on smartphones and other devices that are far afield from the desktop computers PIV cards were first used for in the early 2000s, said Matthew Scholl, division chief of the computer security division at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. For example, an employee might use a PIV card to access information on a government computer and then use a special credential from the PIV card to authorize access to that information on a mobile device, Scholl told reporters after a NIST advisory board meeting Friday. “You can’t stick a PIV card into this thing,” Scholl said, gesturing to a smartphone’s power and headphone outlet.

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