Judith Spencer, former co-chair of the Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management Subcommittee (ICAMSC) for the US General Services Administration, has joined CertiPath as Policy Management Authority chair.
In this role, Spencer will set and maintain policies and drive consensus on a range of security issues affecting the CertiPath community.
Spencer has spent the last 36 years working for the federal government, beginning her career in cryptographic equipment repair, before moving to public key technology and identity management 12 years ago. Most recently, she was instrumental in aligning various agencies and organisations around unified logical and physical credentialing of Federal employees as directed in Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors (HSPD12), while also chairing the Federal PKI Policy Authority where she promoted interoperability of high assurance credentials.
CertiPath recently announced it was cross-certified to the US Federal Bridge for Personal Identification Verification-Interoperability (PIV-I) level of assurance. PIV-I credentials, which allow non-Executive Branch federal employees and others to obtain a credential based on the same standards as the Federally issued credentials are expected to grow exponentially in the coming year.
“PIV-I represents a major breakthrough in identity management and access control,” says Spencer. “I’ve seen the value of a strong identity credential from inside Washington, now I look forward to working with CertiPath to gain the same level of success for PIV-I.”