VIRSIG’s Ric Sepulveda Earns CSEIP Certification

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VIRSIG Positions Itself to Support High-Security Federal Access Control Systems

Ric Sepulveda, Lead of Technology & Engineer at VIRSIG, LLC., has recently earned Certified System Engineer ICAM PACS (CSEIP) certification, the professional benchmark where proven expertise in smart card industry knowledge and applications experience is critical. This is the General Services Administration (GSA) approved accreditation for Identity, Credential, and Access Management for Physical Access Control Systems with the Smart Card Alliance. The CSEIP program provides advanced training for system engineers to align with U.S. Federal government-wide specifications.

VIRSIG is a national technology company focused on secure networks, video surveillance, detection, and access control solutions. “Ric’s CSEIP credential demonstrates how committed ‘team VIRSIG’ is to supporting its clients with innovative, globally compliant systems,” said Brian Valenza, VIRSIG’s CEO.

CSEIP certification allows VIRSIG to provide service on critical high-security physical access control systems. This includes those regulated under FIPS 201-2, the Federal standard specifying Personal Identity Verification (PIV) requirements for Federal employees, contractors, and other enterprise users. FIPS came about as a result of a Presidential directive to strengthen national security.

Day to day Ric oversees VIRSIG’s development, integration and service of complex high-speed computer networks, access control hardware and software, and leading-edge video management systems. His formal background includes technology integration and system administration in multiple verticals. He holds several advanced I.T. certifications and maintains a government security clearance. As Ric explained, “The FIPS standard ensures access control smart cards are encoded through a chain-of-trust, utilizing cryptographic algorithms to ensure authentication of individuals.”

In accordance with this standard, these credentials ensure identity proofing, vetting, and authoritatively binding the identity of a human credential holder to an authenticator (who you are, what you know, what you have). Such cards are used at U.S. facilities across the globe including military installations, medical centers, and government buildings—including the Pentagon and the White House.

In a statement, Glenn Taylor, VIRSIG’s Executive Director mentioned, “As technology evolves, the government has been seeking flexible solutions to meet changing technology needs and shift the focus from managing the lifecycle of physical credentials to the lifecycle of identities.”

The CSEIP certification has become the de facto standard prerequisite for both security manufacturers and system integrators. Over recent years, the Federal government has been making significant investments in technology infrastructure and scalable technology platforms to be better positioned to maintain the safety and well-being of the Federal workforce and the American public while supporting the continued delivery of vital mission services. This includes aggressively embracing technology to support their mission delivery processes, which VIRSIG is pleased to be part of.

VIRSIG is professionally licensed and operates across the United States. It is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) which is also Minority-Owned (Native American). The company is registered in the GSA’s System for Award Management (SAM) as a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).

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