• Enterprise email could pave way for single DoD sign-on

    The Defense Department is creating identity and access management tools as an enterprise service across the department. One possible way ahead, leaders say, is a single authoritative digital identity system the Defense Information Systems Agency created to support the Army’s move to enterprise email.

  • DoD to begin phasing out SSNs on ID cards

    The Defense Department will begin taking Social Security numbers off of the ID cards held by DoD employees and retirees. The changes, part of a 2008 SSN reduction plan, will begin in June, officials said.

  • Tech standards to change for accessing buildings, computers

    Hildy Ferraiolo, a NIST computer scientist, explains how the standard is changing to access federal buildings and computer systems.

  • Agencies still struggling to encrypt mobile devices

    Despite a 2006 mandate to secure mobile devices and implement two-factor authentication, only just over half of federal agencies have managed to do so. OMB submits its annual FISMA report to Congress detailing the steps the government has taken to improve cybersecurity, including spending $12 billion on cybersecurity last year.

  • Pentagon to make building access easier

    The Defense Department is making the Pentagon’s physical access control system accept Common Access Cards. Currently, people who work at the Defense headquarters and other facilities must carry two secure identity cards. The Army also will test giving smart cards to retirees.

  • 10 years later, CAC is securely part of DoD

    The military issued its first secure identity card just about 10 years ago and now it’s a part of the department’s culture. The Pentagon is looking at how to expand the use of the Common Access Card to include transit benefits and electronic purse capabilities. The card, however, almost didn’t get past the first pilot.

  • Exclusive: DHS mandates HSPD-12 card use

    The long-awaited memo requires agencies to develop a plan to implement physical and computer network access controls. DHS and GSA are also working together to help agencies improve physical access control.

  • Former GSAer Spencer joins CertiPath

    By Jason Miller Executive Editor Federal News Radio Judy Spencer, who led several of the government’s efforts around public key infrastructure and identity management, retired from government after 36 years. Spencer’s last day at the…

  • DoD, GSA tighten standards on contractor IDs

    New regulations published Thursday aim to make sure agencies reclaim vendor employees’ HSPD-12 cards when they’re no longer needed to perform contract work.

  • How GSA decides FIPS 201 compliance

    GSA certified that GPO complies with the Federal Information Processing Standard 201, which sets requirements to ensure that identification cards are secure and resistant to fraud. GSA’s David Temoshok explains the process for us.