Tag Archives: PIV

OIG Audit Report: GSA Should Launch Measures to Properly Account for Contract Employee Access Cards


The General Services Administration's (GSA) office of inspector general has offered recommendations to help GSA improve its management of personal identity verification cards being issued to contract employees to access the agency’s information technology systems and buildings. GSA’s deputy administrator should take measures to properly account for issued PIV cards, such as recovering and terminating all access cards from former contract employees, the report stated.

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NIST Seeks Comments on Draft Federal Identity Verification Standard

Access Management

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking for pubic input on a draft update to the agency’s personnel verification guidelines for federal employees and contractors. NIST is requesting feedback on its draft Federal Information Processing Standard 201-3 for the personal identity verification of contractors in physical and logical access applications.

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Federal CISOs on Addressing Telework-Related Cybersecurity Challenges


Chief information security officers at federal agencies are working to address cybersecurity challenges related to having a remote workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. Venice Goodwine, CISO at the Department of Agriculture, discussed the need for CISOs to address the issue of data access and the role of zero trust in addressing the visibility question.

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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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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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Donna Seymour: OPM to Implement Multifactor Authentication for All Smart Card Users by FY 2017

The Office of Personnel Management will require all personal identification verification card users to use multifactor authentication by the end of fiscal year 2017, OPM’s chief information officer told Nextgov in an interview posted Tuesday. Donna Seymour told the publication OPM will also mandate two-step authentication for 80 percent of users who do …

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