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NIST Awards Electrosoft a Prime Contract to Support FIPS 201-3 Special Publication Updates February 14, 2023

Electrosoft announces that the National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded us a contract to update some Special Publications that support the recently revised Federal Information Processing Standard 201-3. Under the new prime contract, we will assist the NIST Computer Security Division with updating SP 800-73 (Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification) and 800-79 (Authorization of PIV Card Issuers and Derived PIV Credential Issuers) to align with FIPS 201-3. Electrosoft will collaborate and provide technical engineering and standards updates as a part of this contract.

“As federal ICAM standards and best practices evolve, it’s essential to keep related requirements aligned,” said Dr. Sarbari Gupta, Electrosoft CEO. “We’re proud to be a thought leader in government-wide interoperability standards for identity credentials and we’re pleased to continue supporting NIST in increasing the security of federal agencies and the National Information Infrastructure.”

NIST updates will support the Office of Management and Budget’s memorandum M-19-17, "Enabling Mission Delivery through Improved Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM).” M-19-17 sets forth the ICAM policy, providing agencies with guidance to strengthen the security of information and information systems. It also asks NIST to “update previous requirements in areas such as multi-factor authentication, encryption, digital signatures, acquisition and interoperability.”

For more than 20 years, Electrosoft has been supporting NIST in the development and update of information assurance and cybersecurity standards and special publications. Most recently the company supported, and are named co-authors on, Digital Identity Guidelines SP 800-63-4 (draft), which is open for public comment through March 24, 2023.

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