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Terry Halvorsen: DoD to Test New Multi-factor Authentication Mechanisms After Christmas

Terry Halvorsen
Terry Halvorsen

The Defense Department plans to launch pilot programs to test new authentication mechanisms after the Christmas holiday as part of efforts to eliminate the need for common access cards within two years, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Terry Halvorsen, DoD chief information officer, said at AFCEA’s TechNet conference in Honolulu he sought industry proposals for identity management technologies that provide 10-factor security without the use of smart cards or other additional hardware, Jared Serbu wrote.

Halvorsen added he has received four proposals that await his review, Serbu reported.

“The whole CAC infrastructure limits what we can do to get information to people, and frankly it makes me have to adapt security measures that sometimes aren’t all that secure,” Halvorsen said.

Halvorsen noted the department needs to replace smart cards to align with new technologies and address costs and convenience, the report stated.

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