Securing the UK: Identiv Receives CPNI Approval

April 29, 2020

After extensive testing of Identiv’s Hirsch Physical Access Control System (PACS) CPNI solution, we’re proud to announce that our platform is now approved by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), the UK government authority for protective security advice to the country’s national infrastructure.
The CPNI works with partners in government, police, industry, and academia to protect the nation from threats and terrorism and only recommends physical security equipment that meets its stringent certification requirements. Identiv CPNI Certification The Hirsch PACS CPNI solution is built from Identiv’s highly secure product portfolio, and includes Hirsch Velocity Software 3.6 SP3, Hirsch Mx-8 Controllers, and Secure Network Interface Board 3 (SNIB3). Identiv’s suite of advanced access control solutions is approved for use in some of the world’s most security-sensitive organizations, including many UK government agencies. The following products can be found on the CPNI’s catalog of approved access control equipment:
  • Hirsch Velocity Software’s security management system is an integrated platform that manages access control and security operations across thousands of disparate facilities, from single highly secure rooms to multi-building, multi-location campuses, with the most stringent security compliance. Users can control doors, gates, turnstiles, elevators, and other equipment, monitor employees and visitors as they move around a facility, prevent unwanted access, maintain compliance, and provide a robust audit trail.
  • Hirsch Mx-8 Controllers provide scalable, networked communication and are also available in two or four supervised door models. The modular design and scalable architecture enables an installation to start small and grow large, from a single controller system to a larger, multi-site enterprise. The Mx Controller is fully firmware, function, and communication protocol compatible with the rest of Identiv’s product line and is designed to integrate with Hirsch systems so that existing credentials, readers, and databases can be retained.
  • SNIB3 is a leading-edge communication device that provides IPv6, Gigabit Ethernet, and AES 256 bit encryption. These features are already foundational for the critical U.S. FICAM security standard. For deployments already equipped with a Hirsch solution, SNIB3 is a drop-in replacement for Identiv’s SNIB2 and SNIB communications boards.
  • Identiv Global Services (IGS) provides a comprehensive cybersecurity-hardening service to ensure the solution is deployed to the rigorous CPNI standard. This covers securing the operating system, database, and services, including all Identiv-supplied server components and networking equipment, as well as the Velocity client workstation. To protect against the rapidly evolving threat landscape, IGS through service-level agreement (SLA) supports the customer and the solution, updating security patches and applying the latest information assurance guidelines following UK standards and best practices.

“UK sites classified as critical infrastructure, where deep encryption standards are paramount, can now deploy the Hirsch CPNI-approved physical access control platform,” said Mark Allen, Identiv GM, Premises. “Identiv’s Hirsch brand provides a highly scalable, end-to-end physical access control solution from the door to the server cluster, making it ideal for mission-critical environments. We are proud to continue to work with risk-critical sites across the U.S. and the UK to provide the most robust, reliable access control solution.”

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