HID Global launches new iOS kit

Solution secures Apple platform devices

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HID Global launches new iOS kit HID Global’s Alan Davies.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 15, 2012

HID Global yesterday announced a new solution for government agencies seeking to secure iOS devices with access to sensitive data at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2012.

The solution combines the recently announced ActivClient Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) for iOS,  with  a pair of sleeves from Precise Biometrics.

The solution enables government agencies to use their Common Access Card (CAC) or Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards to secure communications and access to sensitive information by encrypting it through standard Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) encryption:

“The massive popularity of iOS devices has completely changed the way organisations of all types, including government, approach how these devices access information,” says Thomas Marschall, Precise Biometrics President & CEO. “Our solution with HID Global takes a pragmatic approach to the problem, ensuring that the CAC and PIV cards already in use can now secure the mobile devices government employees are already using.”

Alan Davies, HID Global VP, Identity Assurance Sales, EMEA, adds: “More and more companies are moving towards  BYOD working, and accessibility and security are paramount - particularly with iOS devices, which aren’t always the most compatible with peripherals. With this new solution users can be confident of the accessibility and security of their data and processes when staff access it from their Apple devices.”

For government agencies interested in deploying a more integrated solution, HID Global offers “derived credentials”, a concept recently introduced in the FIPS 201-2 PIV standard, which is currently in draft form. The integrated approach taken by HID Global applies the “derived credential” to a secure microSD card, a secure element with the same cryptographic services as the CAC or PIV smart card. This microSD format can then  be  connected to iPhones with the sleeve.

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