Secure Technology Alliance Provides Guidance to New NIST Publication on Implementing PACS with PIV Credentials

Secure Technology Alliance Provides Guidance to New NIST Publication on Implementing PACS with PIV Credentials

Resource distills key information from NIST publication on PIV-enabled PACS

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., May 15, 2019 – The Secure Technology Alliance released today a complementary guide to NIST[1] Special Publication (SP) 800-116 R1, which provides technical guidance for successful implementation of PIV-enabled PACS[2] in government facilities. The Alliance’s guide was created to clarify essential requirements within the NIST publication and to provide recommendations for PACS implementors interested in deploying PIV-enabled PACS.

The Secure Technology Alliance’s implementation guide, “Industry Recommendations for Implementing PIV Credentials with Physical Access Control Systems,” can be downloaded at

“The Alliance has had a long history providing guidance surrounding secure technology standards, best practices and adoption in government,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Secure Technology Alliance. “As technology gets more complex, there’s an increased need for security to be built into every device, product and service in the federal space. With this, the Alliance has become a forum for federal government and technology executives to discuss current challenges, identify possible solutions and answer questions about government identity management initiatives.”

This guide distills down the key information in the NIST publication and:

  • Outlines characteristics of PIV implementation including interoperability qualities and infrastructure requirements
  • Provides recommendations for effective mitigation techniques
  • Describes PIV authentication methods in PACS applications, with a focus on authentication factors and credential validation
  • Examines real-life PACS deployment recommendations based on the experience of industry professionals who have deployed PIV credentials with PACS
  • Explores deployment considerations for implementors, including rollout considerations, PIV identifiers, PACS registration, temporary badges and the CHUID-only “authentication” issue

This guide was developed by the Secure Technology Alliance Access Control Council. The Secure Technology Alliance Access Control Council focuses on accelerating the widespread acceptance, use, and application of secure technologies in various physical and digital form factors for physical and logical access control as applicable to both persons and non-person entities. The group brings together, in an open forum, thought leaders, manufacturers, and implementers from both the public and private sectors. The Council identifies topical areas which further the use of technologies that are important to the access control community.

Access Control Council members participating in the development of the white paper included: ID Technology Partners; Integrated Security Technologies; LenelS2; SigNet Technologies; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; XTec, Inc.

For more information on PIV-enabled PACS, the Secure Technology Alliance held a six-part webinar series on how to plan, procure and implement PIV-enabled PACS for government facilities. Recordings of the completed webinars are available at

Securing Federal Identity Event

As part of its ongoing support in ensuring adoption of secure technology within the government, the Secure Technology Alliance is hosting its annual Securing Federal Identity 2019 conference this June 4-5, 2019 at Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, VA. The event’s keynotes, roundtables, and panels will cover the most important topics impacting federal identity initiatives today, including discussion on effective use of PIV credentials and mobile identity technologies.

Securing Federal Identity 2019 is open to all individuals and organizations who are interested in learning about the role of secure identity and authentication in government programs. Secure Technology Alliance member organizations and federal government employees may be eligible for complimentary or discounted registration pricing. For sponsorship and exhibition information, visit or contact Bryan Ichikawa at [email protected].

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About the Secure Technology Alliance

The Secure Technology Alliance is the digital security industry’s premier association. The Alliance brings together leading providers and adopters of end-to-end security solutions designed to protect privacy and digital assets in payments, mobile, identity and access, healthcare, transportation and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) markets.

The Alliance’s mission is to stimulate understanding, adoption and widespread application of connected digital solutions based on secure chip and other technologies and systems needed to protect data, enable secure authentication and facilitate commerce.

The Alliance is driven by its U.S.-focused member companies. They collaborate by sharing expertise and industry best practices through industry and technology councils, focused events, educational resources, industry outreach, advocacy, training and certification programs. Through participation in the breadth of Alliance activities, members strengthen personal and organizational networks and take away the insights to build the business strategies needed to commercialize secure products and services in this dynamic environment.

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[1] National Institute of Standards and Technology

[2] Physical access control system

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