PKI vendors wanted

Thursday, 4 March 2004, 12:06 PM EST

A decade of work has led to public-key infrastructure standards that are close to making digital authentication a governmentwide reality, General Services Administration officials announced this week.

In a notice posted March 2, GSA officials said they are ready to create a list of bidders that can supply smart cards based on federal PKI standards that include a new electronic-authentication policy specification. Use of the new specification, known as the X.509 Certificate Policy for the Common Policy Framework, could save government and industry potentially thousands of dollars, GSA officials said.

GSA plans to invite potential bidders to demonstrate that they can put small amounts of code, called PKI certificates, onto smart cards to make online applications more secure. The certificates would provide a high degree of assurance that online users are who they say they are. The smart cards must conform to the Government Smart Card Interoperability Specification, Version 2.1.

By Florence Olsen at FCW.

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