Centrify has announced it is one of the first identity providers to implement derived credentials for secure mobile access to apps, websites and services that require smart card authentication. Derived credentials allow common access card (CAC) and personal identity verification (PIV) based authentication via mobile devices, without requiring dedicated smart card readers. According to the company, this new capability extends Centrify's integration of identity-based security to mobility, offering secure single sign-on (SSO) in even the most highly regulated environments."We are very excited that Centrify now offers derived credential authentication from mobile devices, which historically has failed to move beyond the proof of concept stage," says Bill Mann, chief product officer, Centrify. "Until now, users could only access highly secured apps and content via laptops and desktops, due to regulations mandating smart card-based two-factor authentication. Attempting to use mobile devices with smart card readers for the same access was cumbersome at best. This announcement opens the door to full mobility for state and federal government as well as security-conscious companies that rely on smart cards for authentication."