PKI opens more doors

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Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is fast becoming a leading driver in controlling physical access largely due to FIPS 201, US government physical-access control specifications recommending PKI at the door. Recommendations since 2005, they are expected to become mandates with FIPS 201-2 later this year.

FIPS offers standards for not only what information should be stored on an ID card, but also best practices for verifying the credential is authentic and in the right person’s possession, says Kevin Graebel, product manager of HID credentials at HID Global, a leading manufacturer of physical and logical access control solutions. “A digital certificate is placed on the card with the user’s key information/access levels. Then the PKI process sends that information via an electronic bridge to a federal certificate authority, making sure access hasn’t been revoked or information tampered with.”

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