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Frank Konieczny: Air Force Eyes Role-Based Authentication to Protect Data

Frank Konieczny
Frank Konieczny

The U.S. Air Force has launched a pilot to explore role-based authentication tools to control employee access to data based on their roles and responsibilities, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes that the pilot on milCloud comes as user authentication rises in demand due to growing government adoption of Web services.

“It’s based on attributes for each individual in a sense that as soon as the person’s attributes change, their role changes, and we automatically authenticate for particular access to data or particular systems,” said Frank Konieczny, Air Force chief technology officer.

Miller reports that role-based authentication would support the Defense Department‘s Joint Information Environment as an identity management tool to protect the shared data from both insider and external threats.

Konieczny noted that the solution focuses more on data security rather than network security as computer networks continue to change and include new platforms and applications.

He expects the role-based authentication solution to be in full production by early 2015 as they continue to seek feedback from other agencies and services through the milCloud JIE offering of the Defense Information Systems Agency.

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