The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) has announced its Secure Credential Interoperability (SCI) initiative and a working group to advance its development. “The physical access control industry has demonstrated a need for a universally compatible secure credential and we believe that we have found a simple, yet elegant solution to address this with SCI,” said Mohammad Soleimani, CTO of Kastle Systems and Chairman of the SCI Work Group. SCI Work Group Mohammad Soleimani adds, “The specification will leverage the security, flexibility, and convenience of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and negate the need for investment in the infrastructure.” PSIA member companies involved in the SCI work group include, Allegion, ASSA ABLOY, dormakaba, Farpointe Data, IDEMIA, Kastle Systems, LenelS2, Tyco and WaveLynx Technologies. “We are fortunate to already have a strong group of leaders in the access control and building management systems industries involved in the SCI Work Group,” said David Bunzel, Executive Director of the PSIA, adding “They have been able to come up with an effective solution to an issue which will have broad application in the market.” SCI specification with NFC and Bluetooth support The group has already prepared a draft specification for apps, readers, and locks featuring BLE compatibility The SCI specification supports NFC, ISO14443, and Bluetooth (BLE), and therefore, can accommodate all device types including cards, mobile devices, and wearables. The group has already prepared a draft specification for apps, readers, and locks featuring BLE compatibility. “Mobile credentials are rapidly gaining in popularity with many commercial and institutional customers, but the diversity of offerings can often present interoperability and management issues,” noted Peter Boriskin, Chief Technology Officer for ASSA ABLOY Americas. Enterprise credential management Peter Boriskin adds, “The SCI proposal aims to increase interoperability and reduce the barriers to portability, supporting enterprise credential management across multiple device manufacturers.” The SCI Work Group recognised that the proximity credentials, currently in widespread use, are not secure and organisations are actively migrating to secure credentials. Solving interoperability issues of smart cards “Smart cards, one of the most commonly used access control mediums, are secure, but pose extremely challenging interoperability issues,” noted Hugo Wendling, the CEO of WaveLynx Technologies, adding “The PSIA’s SCI Initiative is a perfect complement to address this need.” The SCI leverages off existing standards and commercially available technology. For example, most smartphones enable the public/private key to be created by the device. This is compatible with nearly all smartphones, which have been produced over the last five years, including Android and iOS devices, which represent a significant installed base. The SCI Work Group is finalising its technical draft of the specification and any companies interested in being part of this process are invited to join the PSIA.
PSIA will also provide a briefing with the latest updates and roadmaps for its various industry initiatives One of the more important developments in the physical security industry is standards supporting dynamic identity management. Microsoft has taken a leadership role influencing this with their support of the PSIA’s PLAI initiative. Mike Faddis, the Director of Microsoft Global Security, will discuss and demonstrate the company’s implementation of PLAI and illustrate how it is streamlining the onboarding processes which have to be completed as a part of the acquisition of external companies. The PLAI architecture is allowing Microsoft to save both time and costs for these processes, while ensuring that secure access for its employees is provided when they need it across their global offices and campuses. The PSIA will also provide a briefing with the latest updates and roadmaps for its various industry initiatives. Manufacturers and end users will discuss and demonstrate how real-world solutions have moved from concept to development using the PLAI specification. Hear from: Darren Bain, CTO of RightCrowd: PLAI gains momentum. Current status and future plans Mohammad Soleimani, CTO of Kastle Systems: Bringing it all together in the cloud and IoT Diane Kehlenbeck of Allegion: How PLAI enables credentials and mobile devices David Bunzel, Executive Director of PSIA: Interoperability and Implementation Background: During the last two years, PSIA members from the security industry have worked together to discuss and conceive how to solve “the identity problem” and develop a specification in which manufacturers could implement solutions allowing logical networks and different physical security access control systems to interoperate together using a single identity source. Event details When: Thursday, April 7th from 10AM – 11AM Venue: Bellini 2103 at the ISC West Convention, Las Vegas
Speaking on behalf of Microsoft Global Security will be Mike Faddis, Director of Microsoft Global Security The PSIA will provide a briefing with the latest updates and roadmaps for its various industry initiatives on April 7th at 10 A.M at ISC West in Sand Convention Center, Las Vegas. Manufacturers and end users will discuss and demonstrate how real-world solutions have moved from concept to development using the PLAI specification. Faster and efficient security administration Speaking on behalf of Microsoft Global Security will be Mike Faddis, Director of Microsoft Global Security. Faddis commented, "Global Security and its partners are involved in activities to integrate the various security systems of the various companies that Microsoft has acquired. When a company and its technology is acquired, and the business leadership makes decisions about the geography of assets, and the people that will accompany an acquisition, it's my team's job to ensure that we optimise the mix of new and existing technologies to enable a secure work experience and protect access to assets." "Frequently, after acquisition, some locations will be operated for a period of time, and it becomes important to consider how we might get the best from existing systems while integrating or transitioning to new ones. The PSIA's PLAI technology specification means that we can now pass identities to PLAI-enabled security systems during on-boarding and enable access for team members, while also transitioning identities to new workplaces and systems as that company becomes part of the global Microsoft family." Faddis also says "The very creation of PLAI technology means that different brands of access systems can now utilise identities generated from our corporate security infrastructure, which means faster and efficient security administration, at a lower cost point to the business while we implement an appropriate and compliant level of security experience." Other speakers include: Darren Bain, CTO of RightCrowd: PLAI gains momentum. Current status and future plans. Mohammad Soleimani, CTO of Kastle Systems: Bringing it all together in the cloud and IoT. Diane Kehlenbeck of Allegion: How PLAI enables credentials and mobile devices. David Bunzel, Executive Director of PSIA: Interoperability and Implementation. Background: During the last two years, PSIA members from the security industry have worked together to discuss and conceive how to solve "the identity problem" and develop a specification in which manufacturers could implement solutions allowing logical networks and different physical security access control systems to interoperate together using a single identity source.