Using PIV cards to increase security and lower CIP compliance costs
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In 2004, the US government committed to a new standard for identity and access management across all civilian and military agencies: PIV (Personal Identity Verification for government) and CAC (Common Access Card for military) cards. Today, almost all federal government and military personnel carry a PIV or CAC card, which authenticates their access both to physical facilities and to systems that support their work. (In this paper we will refer to the technology as PIV for brevity.)
In the electric power industry, this same technology can both make your organization more secure and greatly reduce the amount of time and money you spend on NERC CIP compliance. In this white paper, we will discuss the five most important ways in which PIV cards can help your organization achieve both of these goals.