Verizon Credentialing Service Earns Federal Identity Certification

Verizon has earned the federal government's Personal Identity Verification Interoperable certification for the company's Identity Managed Service Offering.  This certification - issued by the Federal PKI Policy Authority - provides assurance that identity services are helping to improve security, reduce identity fraud, and protect the privacy of credentialed users and their organizations.

Verizon's cloud-based identity offering allows federal agencies and organizations that interoperate with the federal government to create, issue and manage digital identity credentials for workers and contractors, via Verizon's secure, high-performance identity services platform.

Verizon is the first and only provider with a credentialing solution to be certified as a PIV-I approved provider, a certified Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 provider, a Federal Shared Service Provider, and a cross-certified Certificate Authority with the FBCA (Federal Bridge Certification Authority).  

"Government agencies and interoperable organizations can now use Verizon's identity services with the high assurance that comes with the PIV-I certification," said Peter Tippett, vice president of security and industry solutions, Verizon.  "We believe this solution will help organizations reduce the complexity and increase the speed of their credentialing implementations, as well as provide trust in those credentials."

To ensure and support strong identity standards, PIV-I outlines specific control objectives and security requirements for government employees and contractors.  The standard addresses the vast population of private-sector workers who need to interoperate with federal systems in the course of their daily business, as well as, state and local government agencies, critical infrastructure businesses and emergency workers. 

Verizon's Identity Managed Service Offering provides identity management, credential management, biometric enrollment, privilege management and validation services in one complete offering.  As this offering is available via the cloud, customers benefit from a solution that is faster and less complex than traditional credentialing implementations.

The Identity Managed Service Offering is part of the company's robust portfolio of security solutions.  This includes other identity management solutions, as well as governance risk and compliance solutions, data loss and prevention solutions and managed security services.  Verizon is a leader in helping government agencies and enterprises manage security risk and protect assets. 

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