NIST Wants to Make PIV Cards Work for Smartphones in Two Years

NextGov: The government’s cybersecurity standards agency will launch a process this year to make it easier to verify government employees’ identities when they access government data on mobile devices.

The updated standards for civilian government personal identity verification, or PIV, cards will focus on using the PIV card, as a launching point for verifying identity on smartphones and other devices that are far afield from the desktop computers PIV cards were first used for in the early 2000s, said Matthew Scholl, division chief of the computer security division at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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