What is the purpose of HSPD-12?


The purpose of HSPD-12 is to provide a common reliable identification verification for government employees and contractors. It will help to protect against a variety of threats including: 

  • Unauthorized access to physical facilities or logical assets
  • Improper issuance of valid credential to malicious holder
  • Counterfeiting of credentials
  • Intercept or probing to access stored information
  • Successful cryptanalytic attacks against stored protected information
  • Use of stolen or borrowed credential to gain access to physical or logical systems
  • Intercept/technical surveillance to capture PIN(s)
  • Use of credential issued for access to lower sensitivity/criticality assets to achieve access to more sensitive/critical assets


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