Is PIV card support coming to the iPhone?

Is PIV card support coming to the iPhone?

Summary: One question that looks for an answer at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), starting a week from Monday, is whether the iPhone 3.0 software update will support PIV card authentication and who will provide that support.

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One question that looks for an answer at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), starting a week from Monday, is whether the iPhone 3.0 software update will support PIV card authentication and who will provide that support.

On Friday, Thursby Software announced ADmitMac for PIV, which lets Macs support the National Institute of Standards and Technology's "Personal Identity Verification" card standard that is required for all federal government employees and contractors when connecting to government networks.

ADmitMac for PIV (ADPIV) obtains Kerberos tickets using PIV certificates, makes these tickets available to “Kerberized” applications, locks the computer upon removal of a PIV card, and protects the computer from unauthorized use when it wakes from sleep.

This version enables E-mail user access to Exchange using Entourage  2004 or OWA without needing passwords.  ADPIV takes care of authentication to Exchange servers. Entourage 2008 users can authenticate using a PIV card.

In addition, I note that Centrify in Oct., released its DirectControl 4.2 for Mac OS X, which lets Macs play better with Active Directory Group Policy. It supports Smart Card login, including PIV, the company said. managers

So, support for PIV from several vendors is good news for Mac users in the government. But what about the iPhone, which is used by Windows and Mac users?

A couple of months ago, I was pinged by a CTO of a federal agency looking for PIV support with iPhones. He said his agency had spent more than half a year pitching upper management for the okay to use iPhones and finally, the approval had been received.

But what about a card reader? That's the problem, there is a PIV-savvy reader for the BlackBerry but not one for the iPhone.

At the same time, I remembered the Macworld Expo announcement of iEnigma by middleware vendor Charismathics, which turns an iPhone or iPod Touch into a a 2-factor authentication device. Still, that's not the same as a standard reader for the existing cards.

We can only hope that Apple or a third-party developer will make an announcement at WWDC and bring a smile to a growing market for Apple products. Say, do you have any news of this support?

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Windows Mobile already has support for this

    http://www.biometricassociates.com/baimobile.php

    Yet another area where the iPhone is years behind
    everyone else. :)
    NonZealot
    • Great!

      Maybe Biometric Associates will port their baiMobile? Common Access
      Card (CAC) to iPhone. Since iPhone is outselling Windows Mobile devices
      by a wide margin, it is a great business opportunity for them!
      Fred Fredrickson
      • They can't, iPhone has horrendous bluetooth support

        iPhone has the worst bluetooth support of all
        modern bluetooth enabled devices. :)
        NonZealot
        • Haha...

          I could bother arguing with you, but you don't seem like you're worth the time. Way to post worthless crap. :) How many iPhones do you own?
          DubbaCTrumpetMSU
  • Still waiting for the flossing attachment...

    This is CRUCIAL to iPhone success!!! ;-)

    Zealot, you never fail to amaze. AKA Steve Ballmer? Mickey
    Dell?
    comp_indiana
    • Where did I say it was crucial?

      The article was all sad and depressed that the
      iPhone didn't have PIV support and I politely
      pointed out that Windows Mobile did. No where
      did I say it was crucial the the iPhone's
      success.

      Ever since the iPhone was announced,
      before it went on sale, I predicted the iPhone
      would do very well. Apple zealots buy anything
      and everything that Apple makes... more than
      once! This is another reason behind's iPhone's
      success: make each one so bad, promise that the
      next one will be better, and Apple zealots will
      buy another one every single year! :)
      NonZealot
  • RE: Is PIV card support coming to the iPhone?

    Not FIPS 140-2 validated, so isn't it illegal for U.S. government agencies to use iPhones (or any Apple products)? Is so, the lack of a PIV interface is irrelevant.
    anonymousness
  • CAC/PIV support now for iOS5 on iPads and iPhones

    Check out Thursby Software with BAI and Precise Hardware Readers.
    thursbysoftware
    • RE: Is PIV card support coming to the iPhone?

      Has FIPS 140-2.
      thursbysoftware