The PIV-I Advantage

Federated Trust


It has long been recognized that hardware-based digital credentials provide a higher level of assurance than software-based digital credentials. PIV and PIV-I credentials are hardware-based digital credentials that raise the high assurance credential bar. For the first time, there is a mechanism to ensure that the individual holding the hardware credential and claiming to be the subject of the credential is the individual to whom the credential was originally intended and issued. For the first time, there is a standard for the hardware token and a set of requirements for how it is populated. For the first time, the emphasis is on interoperability.

PIV-I: one credential, any application.

PIV-I represents a major breakthrough in accelerating Cyber-Security improvement and cost reduction of security programs in public-private partnerships and interagency efforts. These credentials support Public Key Enabled applications, such as secure email, desktop login, website authentication, VPN access and Physical Access Control Systems.

The success of the PIV and PIV-I programs is driven by a common infrastructure and sharing of the same technical standards:

  • Standardized card and interfaces,
  • Standardized card application,
  • Standardized data model,
  • Standardized PKI credentials,
  • Standardized issuance processes,
  • Standardized interoperability and testing programs,

…for every card issued.

This broad standardization of high-assurance identity credentials using PIV technology opens up the market for any Public Key Enabled application to participate.