HP Cloud selected to host USPS authentication services

HP to provide a virtual private cloud as the underpinning for the secure authentication platform

HP has been chosen as a subcontractor to support the USPS authentication infrastructure with its HP Enterprise Cloud Services – Virtual Private Cloud for U.S. Public Sector.

The cloud service, which had been previously authorized by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), will be hosting SecureKey’s briidge.net Exchange application for the implementation of the Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX) for the USPS.

The FCCX is part of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) initiative sign in 2011. In part, the strategy’s vision is to assist "individuals and organizations utilize secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity solutions to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice, and innovation."

The FCCX is expected to provide that single sign-on capability with simplified secure access to governmental services. Government agencies are supposed to be leaders in this technology and are expected to lead by example. A Tiger Team was established from representatives of government agencies with large numbers of external users to lead the implementation design. The USPS is one of the first agencies to go for a full implementation of FCCX.

SecureKey’s bridge.net Exchange is a cloud-based multi-factor authentications service platform. It will be deployed using the HP Virtual Private Cloud service. It is designed to support both PCs and mobile devices and supports multiple devices per individual user. SecureKey selected HP as the subcontractor for this project to deliver the underlying infrastructure for their FCCX implementation.

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