HID Global launches Credential Management Service


HID Global has announced it has added the HID Credential Management
Service to its growing offering of cloud-based identity solutions.

The service simplifies the issuance and management of trusted Public Key
Infrastructure (PKI) certificate-based credentials. The PKI credentials
can be used by a broader range of organizations for convenient and
secure multifactor authentication and converged physical access to
facilities, as well as digital signing and encryption of emails and

The HID Credential Management Service includes everything needed to
issue and manage the lifecycle of digital identity and high-assurance
credentials using a cloud delivery model. It removes PKI complexity and
enables a wider set of authentication use cases than nearly any
alternative in the Identity and Access Management (IAM) market. Most
operating systems and browsers automatically recognize these
certificates, ensuring the digital identity issued by the HID Credential
Management Service can be used as a foundation for achieving zero trust
security. Endpoint authenticator options include smart cards and USB
tokens, mobile app authenticators and converged badges for accessing
facilities and IT systems.

“An exponentially growing threat surface is placing many of an
organization’s global users – employees and non-traditional users –
directly in the crosshairs of a potential attack,” said Brad Jarvis,
Vice President & Managing Director of Identity & Access Management
Solutions (IAMS) with HID Global. “Regulatory compliance is also
driving greater need for high-assurance credentials, but
certificate-based multi-factor authentication solutions have been
difficult for smaller organizations to implement, or not flexible and
comprehensive enough for larger ones with broader, more holistic needs.
Our cloud service speeds and simplifies deployment with the broadest
possible options for local and state governments, financial institutions
and enterprises.”

Many IAM solutions have not covered on-premise applications as well as
the cloud and virtual private networks (VPNs), nor have they addressed
both physical and logical access. Their all-or-nothing approach to
high-assurance requirements makes compliance hard to achieve. They also
have difficulty supporting zero-trust security models for verifying
identities of all users and devices accessing resources from inside and
outside physical and logical perimeters. HID Global’s service solves
these problems with the following capabilities:

End-to-end solution for both on-premise and cloud protection — Spans
all requirements for deploying and managing trusted PKI, and for using
certificate-based credentials for authenticating users to Windows and
Active Directory as well as cloud applications.
Broad authenticator options — Mix-and-match choices include smart
cards and USB keys featuring embedded secure elements, mobile app
authenticators stored on a smartphone, FIPS 140-certified smart cards,
and smart cards for converged physical and IT access.
Flexibility: Integration with open standard protocols ensures the
service will support evolving security needs and complex, hybrid
heterogeneous systems across many locations, functions and
architectures. Subscription licenses are easily added to support up to
one million users.
Easy integration and deployment: Works directly with an organization’s
Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) and uses a hosted
multi-tenant infrastructure for fast deployment and simplified user
on-boarding without expensive up-front investments.

The HID Credential Management Service joins HID Global’s recently
announced cloud-based HID
Authentication Service for managing and using identities. In
addition to its expanding suite of cloud identity platform solutions,
HID Global also offers an award-winning family of on-premise IAM

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