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Electrosoft CEO to Address Modernizing PIV/CAC Authentication in July ATARC Webinar June 18, 2024

Electrosoft announced today that its CEO, Dr. Sarbari Gupta, will serve as a federal cybersecurity expert panelist in a July 11 ATARC webinar, “Beyond Traditional Boundaries: Modernizing PIV/CAC Authentication.” Dr. Gupta will join other government and industry identity, credential, and access management (ICAM) experts to explore agencies’ progress and challenges in leveraging PIV/CAC as the primary identity authentication mechanism for federal enterprise users.

“Technological ICAM advancements offer newer options for phishing-resistant identity management and authentication,” said Dr. Gupta. “I’m looking forward to a rich discussion about how federal agencies are implementing FIDO2 credentials and other tools to strengthen authentication for their personnel, contractors, and citizens.”

The one-hour webinar offers participants one continuing professional education, or CPE, credit.

WHEN: Thursday, July 11 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET

TOPIC: Beyond Traditional Boundaries: Modernizing PIV/CAC Authentication


While the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) and Common Access Card (CAC) represent a high assurance, technically interoperable, and a highly regulated method of authentication, they suffer from factors such as ease of use, ability to work with mobile devices and across devices. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum M-19-17, Enabling Mission Delivery Through Improved Identity, Credential, and Access Management, opened the door for federal agencies to consider “additional solutions that meet the intent of HSPD-12” beyond the mandated credentials such as the PIV and CAC. As a modern approach for phishing-resistant authentication, FIDO2 has the benefits of ease of use, support on a variety of operating systems (OS), web and mobile platforms, ability to sync across devices and to support cross-platform authentication.

In this webinar, panelists will describe their agency’s progress and challenges in leveraging PIV/CAC and the PKI credentials embedded within as the primary identity authentication mechanism for federal enterprise users. They will discuss the trend of agencies implementing additional (often weaker) authentication techniques to support a variety of use cases that PIV/CAC do not readily support. They will also discuss their agency vision with respect to leveraging FIDO2 credentials, and specifically, Derived FIDO2 Credentials to address multiple authentication use cases and the benefits and challenges of such implementations.

Our digital world is more expansive than ever before, giving access to unprecedented capabilities for our business, government, and personal use. As digital transformation accelerates, the risks associated with cyberattacks grow and affect every aspect of modern business, from customer service to government operations to smart infrastructure. Cyber or business resilience must be a critical component of all security strategies — yet it is often regulated as a security or an IT problem and not an operational one.


         Kiersten Patton | ATARC Consultant


         Dr. Babur Kohy | Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, Identity Assurance and Trusted Access Division, Office of Government-Wide Policy, General Services Administration

         Nalin De Silva | Cybersecurity Strategist, U.S. Department of Education

        Tim Baldridge | IT Specialist, Identity Credential Management (ICM) Program, Defense Manpower Data Center, U.S. Department of Defense

        Catherine Bergan | Security Project Manager, Application Development, Identity and Access Management (IAM), U.S. Federal Agency

        Dr. Kenneth Myers | Senior ICAM Architect, Team Lead, Information Security, Federal Reserve Board of Governors (Pending Agency Approval)

        Dr. Sarbari Gupta | CEO, Electrosoft

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About Electrosoft

Electrosoft delivers comprehensive technology-based solutions and services that propel mission success for federal government customers. Specializing in cybersecurity, Electrosoft supports civilian and defense organizations in advancing cybersecurity postures, achieving digital transformation and adopting agile approaches to improve operational efficiency and security. Recognized for deep domain knowledge and mature management practices, the company is rated at Maturity Level 3 for CMMI-DEV and CMMI-SVC and is certified under ISO 9001, ISO 20000-1 and ISO 27001. The rapidly growing 8(a), economically disadvantaged, women-owned small business (EDWOSB) and WOSB is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. Learn more at

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