FCCX network will allow for the use of existing, approved, third-party digital credentials to log into federal online services
TORONTO—SecureKey has landed a contract from the United States Postal Service to provide the cloud-based authentication infrastructure for the new Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX). The US government’s FCCX service is designed to enable individuals to securely access online services—such as health benefits, student loan information and retirement benefit information—at multiple federal agencies without the need to use a different password or other digital identification for each service.
The new service is expected to spur broader federal agency acceptance of approved third-party credentials of varying strengths and types, the company said, from user names and passwords to personal identity verification (PIV) cards. When fully deployed, the FCCX network will allow individuals to use existing, approved, third-party digital credentials to log into federal agencies’ online services with security, privacy and convenience.
SecureKey said it was chosen for its federated authentication platform, SecureKey briidge.net Exchange. This cloud-based authentication and credential brokerage service enables the credential exchange to easily and cost-effectively broker user credential management capabilities instead of having to create and manage an authentication infrastructure robust enough to handle tens of millions of individuals.