NIST Updates Specs, Guidance for Federal Workers’ Smart ID Cards

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forensic evidence, identity checkThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has released new technical specifications on the security and interoperability of the next-generation Personal Identity Verification cards for federal employees and contractors.

NIST said Tuesday the updated smart identity cards also are designed to be compatible with mobile devices and other media to support secure access to the government’s computer networks.

The agency added that it has also updated the “Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification” (Special Publication 800-73-4) and “Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for Personal Identity Verification” (Special Publication 800-78-4) guidance documents.

According to NIST, the documents cover the storage, retrieval and authentication of PIV card credentials as well as the technical cryptographic data for ensuring PIV card security.

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