Traditional vs. Trusted PACS
A traditional Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) model has entire facilities or even just door systems operating in segregated silos. The limiting factor that keeps traditional PACS isolated from one another has been the low assurance credentials that are used for access to these systems.


Standards such as HSPD-12 / FIPS 201 / PIV / PIV-I and the large amount of CAC and TWIC issued have created an abundance of Public Key Infrastructure(PKI)-based high-assurance credentials that can increase security for physical access.

These standards are revolutionizing the way PACS are viewed as part of an oganization's overall security strategy.  This creates a powerful, defensible security strategy for government organizations and commercial enterprises alike.



Trusted PACS

With a trusted PACS entire buildings or enclaves of buildings can now be treated as a single security node on an organization's network to provide them with situational awareness down to each door across multiple facilities.

These solutions support integration with the emerging Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials issued by Federal agencies and the new Personal Identity Verification-Interoperable (PIV-I) credentials from Non-Federal Issuers (NFI) – delivering:

  • strong authentication in the enterprise databases that exchange data with the PACS, and
  • strong authentication at the door to mitigate attacks against individuals and assets

Trusted PACS

CertiPath's Trusted PACS™ is a suite of services designed to help Facility Owners, PACS OEMs and Integrators incorporate PKI and related functionality to achieve state-of-the-art Federated Trusted PACS for themselves and their customers.

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