Kantara Initiative grants Europoint jurisdiction to perform FICAM assessments

April 3 2014, Piscataway, NJ – Kantara Initiative announces the re-Accreditation of Europoint as a Kantara-Accredited Assessor able to perform Kantara Service Assessments at Assurance Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. In addition, Europoint has been granted extended jurisdiction to perform assessments that use the FICAM technical and additional service criteria.
FICAM is a US government effort to provide support for Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) business functions within the Federal Government. The framework of requirements applies to identity providers that offer services to US Federal Government agencies.
Europoint is approved to perform Kantara Assessments in the jurisdictions of Sweden, Europe, and the United States. With this Accreditation Kantara and Europoint are well positioned to provide Trust Framework Approval programs to European markets.
Björn Sjöholm, CEO and Lead Auditor at Europoint said, “Becoming Accredited Assessors for Kantara was an inspiring step for Europoint. As we move towards even further use of electronic identities, identity provider assurance will become more and more vital to the industry. Being granted added jurisdiction to perform assessments using FICAM technical and additional service criteria gives us the opportunity to bring this important service to European identity providers.”
To learn more about Europoint, please visit http://europoint.se
Joni Brennan, Kantara Executive Director said, “We are pleased to welcome Europoint as a returning Kantara-Accredited Assessor. Europoint, a market leader, is the first European based Kantara-Accredited Assessor qualified to perform US market assessments.”
To learn more about the Kantara Assurance Program, visit http://kantarainitiative.org/idassurance/
The Kantara Assurance Program is based on the Identity Assurance Framework (IAF), which defines criteria that set minimum requirements for trusted management, operation and technical conformity of credential services.  Kantara Initiative has it in its mission to harmonize and extend the Identity Assurance program to address multiple industries and international jurisdictions.
About Kantara Initiative
Kantara Initiative is non-profit organization that enables trust in identity services through compliance programs, requirements development, market influence, and information sharing among industry, research & education, government agencies, and international stakeholders.
About Europoint
Europoint is based in Sweden and offers consultancy services, specialist competence, and audits within the field of Information and IT security. Europoint is a Payment Card Industry (PCI) approved QSA, PA-QSA, and QSA (P2PE) Company, and a PAN Nordic Card Association (PNC) third party auditor.
Press Contact:
Joni Brennan
joni @ kantarainitiative.org