The topic was cryptography with Nathan Cummings, director of integration/application for HID Connect, talking this past Tuesday on the impact of new cryptography requirements on next generation physical access control systems. In juxtaposition, federal government and Homeland Security officials this week started beating the doom drum about the insecurity built into computer chips manufactured overseas, chips being used in business and security systems and even in high security government systems.
At the Smart Card Alliance-sponsored Smart Cards in Government Conference, Cummings touched on:
· The complexities of cryptography and the baseline knowledge that all security professionals should have
· Improvements required for physical security in relation to FIPS 201 implementations
· The need for physical access control manufacturers to use the requirements developed for information security
The workshop in which Cummings talked was developed to provide physical access control system (PACS) vendors and end-users with an overview of the technologies and requirements that are driving next generation PACS designs.
Within the context of the