Tag Archives: Personal Identity Verification

DHS Provides Employees, Contractors Network Access Via Alternative Credentials

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has started releasing derived alternative credentials to allow staff and contractors with expiring personal identity verification cards to gain remote access to DHS networks during the coronavirus pandemic, Federal News Network reported Monday.

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OMB Issues Updated Identity, Credential & Access Management Policy

The Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum updating the identity, credential and access management policy for federal agencies. Agencies should transition their ICAM strategies and platforms from the levels of assurance model towards a new framework “informed by risk management perspectives, the federal resource accessed and outcomes aligned to agency missions,” according to the memo issued Tuesday by Russell Vought, acting OMB director. 

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NIST Releases Revised Handbook on Secure Access System for Mobile Devices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released the second draft of a handbook that features sample implementations of the Derived Personal Identity Verification Credentials System. The DPC System provides secure access to electronic resources through mobile devices. It is a variant of the PIV system, which was designed in response to a 2004 presidential directive to standardize access security mechanisms in federal agencies.

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OMB: Federal Agencies Reported 30,899 Cybersecurity Incidents to DHS in FY 2016

A report from the Office of Management and Budget says federal agencies reported 30,899 cybersecurity incidents to the Department of Homeland Security‘s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team during fiscal year 2016. Grant Schneider, acting federal chief information security officer, wrote in a White House blog post that the annual Federal Information Security Modernization …

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GAO Singles Out PIV, CDM, Einstein as Key for Agency Cyber Challenges

A Government Accountability Office leader has identified the current cyber challenges facing federal agencies and the governmentwide initiatives that can help them strengthen cybersecurity amid evolving threats in testimony before lawmakers. Gregory Wilshusen, director of information security issues at GAO, said in a written statement to House lawmakers Wednesday that challenges include program design …

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