Defense Department to Adopt Derived Credentials Agency-Wide in 2015; Mark Norton Comments

mobile securityThe Defense Department plans to implement the derived credentials system for access management across the entire department in July 2015, Federal Times reported Friday.

Aaron Boyd writes DoD employees began to use derived credentials in sending emails on their mobile devices sans the need for an authorized common access card in September.

The system works to derive the credentials from the access card using a native key repository, according to the report.

Mark Norton, senior systems engineer at the Office of the Chief Information Officer, said the DoD intends for the process to help mobile users encrypt their emails.

A DoD memo released in September states that possessing a CAC “provides proof that face-to-face in-person verification was completed,” Federal Times reports.

“As we move from the hard tokens to derived credentials it’s going to require a new supporting infrastructure and will most likely require upgrades to the middleware software that links the credentials to the applications,” Norton added.

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