Smart Card Alliance Releases Summary of Federal Government Identity, Credential and Access Management (FICAM) Roadmap

Smart Card Alliance Releases Summary of Federal Government Identity, Credential and Access Management (FICAM) Roadmap

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ, JUNE 14, 2010–The Smart Card Alliance has released a paper summarizing and highlighting key concepts in the new government document, “Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) Roadmap and Implementation Guidance.” The Alliance white paper, FICAM in Brief, is available on the Smart Card Alliance Web site.

“The FICAM Roadmap and Implementation Guidance document is important because it provides a consolidated approach to all government-wide identity, credential and access management. This is crucial in addressing the nation’s critical security weaknesses and providing a well-defined framework for organizations to follow as they implement new identity programs,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “Our members have broken down the document into easy to read, summarized content so it is more accessible to a broader audience.”

The FICAM document outlines several new agency initiatives and numerous supporting activities that agencies must complete in order to align with the government-wide identity, credential and access management (ICAM) framework. Members of the Alliance’s Identity and Physical Access Councils reviewed, extracted and summarized the content from the original document, following the same outline and flow. The summary includes the FICAM segment architecture, as-is and target use cases, and roadmap and initiatives for federal implementation of the FICAM architecture.

Smart Card Alliance Identity and Physical Access Council members involved in the development of ”FICAM in Brief: A Smart Card Alliance Summary of the Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) Roadmap and Implementation Guidance” included: AMAG Technology; Cogent Systems; Datawatch; Deloitte; Diebold; Gemalto; HP Enterprise Services; Hirsch Electronics; IBM; Identification Technology Partners; IDmachines; IQ Devices; Probaris; Roehr Consulting; SCM Microsystems; Shane-Gelling Company; Tyco/Software House; Defense Manpower Data Center; U.S. Department of State; VeriSign, Inc. (through asset acquisition from TrustBearer Labs, LLC); XTec, Inc.

The full text of the ”Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) Roadmap and Implementation Guidance” can be read on the federal government’s ID Management Web site.

About the Smart Card Alliance Identity Council

The Smart Card Alliance Identity Council is focused on promoting the need for technologies and usage solutions regarding human identity information to address the challenges of securing identity information and reducing identity fraud and to help organizations realize the benefits that secure identity information delivers. The Council engages a broad set of participants and takes an industry perspective, bringing careful thought, joint planning, and multiple organization resources to bear on addressing the challenges of securing identity information for proper use.

About the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council

The Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council is focused on accelerating widespread acceptance, use, and application of smart card technology for physical access control. The Council brings together leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors in an open forum and works on activities that are important to the physical access industry and address key issues that end user organizations have in deploying new physical access system technology. The Physical Access Council includes participants from across the smart card and physical access control system industry, including end users; smart card chip, card, software, and reader vendors; physical access control system vendors; and integration service providers.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit http://www.securetechalliance.org.