Tag Archives: multi-factor authentication

VA Looks to Implement Tokens-Based Multifactor Authentication; Paul Cunningham Quoted

Paul Cunningham

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is planning to roll out a tokens-based approach to user authentication as the department continues to implement telework operations. Paul Cunningham said that the VA has fully implemented multifactor authentication and is looking into “bump and go” authentication techniques that involve physical credentialing through tokens.

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NSA Issues Guidance on Multifactor Authentication

NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) has published a review of mechanisms to consider when applying multifactor authentication (MFA). The guidance, titled “Cybersecurity Information Sheet Selecting and Safely Using Multifactor Authentication Solutions,” tackles practices to identify and securely implement MFA applications. MFA is the use of additional mediums, such as confirmation texts and one-time-passwords, to secure login credentials.

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Deltek Report: DoD JIE Initiative Presents Opportunities for Data Center Services, SaaS Providers

A new Deltek report predicts that the Defense Department‘s efforts to implement the Joint Information Environment will open opportunities for industry providers of on-premise data center services and software-as-a-service platforms. The company’s “Defense IT: Priorities and Strategies, 2017 and Beyond” report found that  DoD aims to integrate big data analytics into JIE to help strengthen cybersecurity of …

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Inspector General: 18 OPM IT Systems Lack Valid Authorization

The Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general has assessed OPM’s compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act and found that over 18 of its information technology systems operate without valid authorizations. OPM IG said in a Nov. 9 report that it performed the audit at the agency’s Washington headquarters from April 2016 to …

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NIST Seeks to Advance Multi-Factor Authentication Adoption Through 6 Pilot Projects

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has introduced six new pilot projects that seek to secure and facilitate online access to local and state government services through multi-factor authentication and other identity-based verification measures. Mike Garcia, deputy director of NIST’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, wrote in a blog …

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FDIC Starts IT Assessment In Series of Data Security Efforts

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has implemented several measures that aim to protect information from breaches and other cyber threats. Some of the efforts that FDIC launched in the past several months include the expanded use of multi-factor authentication to access assessment invoices and official correspondence as well as the appointment of …

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Unisys’ Casey Coleman: Gov’t Works on New Cybersecurity Measures for People, Process & Technology

Casey Coleman, group vice president for federal civilian agencies at Unisys, has called for new approaches for the protection of federal data and networks. “[Traditional] perimeter-based defenses are not going to keep attackers out 100 percent of the time,” Coleman wrote in a guest piece published Tuesday on the Federal Times. She said IT …

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Clifton Triplett: OPM Faces Cyber Threat from Islamic State Group

Clifton Triplett, senior information technology and cybersecurity adviser at the Office of Personnel Management, has said the Islamic State militant group may potentially orchestrate a cyber attack on OPM’s computer networks, Nextgov reported Monday. Aliya Sternstein writes Triplett said at a Bloomberg Government-hosted webcast that the implementation of access controls could …

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