We’re the government. Trust us.

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Posted with premission from FCW. By Troy K. Schneider Aug 13, 2014 The Federal Housing Administration works with lenders to insure more than $1 trillion in mortgage loans. The Department of Homeland Security shares vital information with thousands of partners at the international, federal, state, local, territorial and tribal levels, as well as in the [Read More...]

HSPD-12 – Ten Years On

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Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), signed by President Bush on August 27, 2004, was originally enacted to address the wide variety and differing security levels of identification credentials used to access secure facilities. The directive established standards for verifying an individual’s identity and issuing a tamper-proof credential that could be rapidly authenticated electronically. The [Read More...]

Identity Proofing Essentials for Effective Government Operations

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Who are you and how can you prove it? Seems like an easy question, yet in the digital environments where we work and live, this is no longer such a straightforward matter. Each individual is identified not only by a name, authoritative source (such as a Social Security Number, Passport, or Driver’s License), address, phone number, [Read More...]

Remote Access — Do You Know Who Is In Your Data?

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Just over 80 percent of HR managers in a recent survey gave their agencies a grade of B or C for progress in meeting the Telework Enhancement Act’s goals of using telework to achieve greater flexibility in workforce management Letting workers access sensitive systems and data from off-site locations and, potentially, using uncontrolled devices raises a [Read More...]

Protecting Against Willful Compromise

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A lock is easily opened when the owner gives the key to somebody else. This is true for gaining access to online accounts with passwords as well as second factor authentication tokens and smart cards. A person can willfully share their credentials for a number of reasons. A husband may share password and token with [Read More...]

Authentication and Encryption Working Together

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As online traffic increases, organizations are making decisions about appropriate levels of authentication for their consumer-facing portals. These organizations are determining how authentication “speed bumps” in front of consumers affect adoption and use because they want to make it easy for a consumer to get to his data. The problem, of course, is that making it easy [Read More...]

Authentication and “Defense-in-Depth”

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In all successful data security systems, the goal of the organization should be to combine multiple authentication strategies with the right combination of enterprise security solutions to better assure the organization that the user on the opposite end of the online transaction is the person the company expects to be executing that specific transaction. Authentication [Read More...]

Government Big Data & Identity Intelligence

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We were just at the Government Big Data and BI Summit where we presented on applying fraud lessons from the financial sector to agency program integrity and using big data to improve identity intelligence. Trends in fraud management in the commercial sector have evolved as fraudsters have become more sophisticated about hiding under a stolen [Read More...]

Data for KBA Questions Matters

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News about data breaches seems to be never-ending over the past few years. One of the latest is the major customer identities hack of Adobe Software and news that 38 million customer accounts were exposed.  Along with other high profile breaches, the exposure of so much data that can be used to impersonate someone invites [Read More...]

Third-Factor Authentication Cannot be Lost, Stolen, or Forgotten

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Do you have a list of passwords written down and hiding in a desk drawer? Have you ever lost your cell phone or the hard security token that is usually dropped in the bottom of your briefcase?  Have you struggled to answer the “challenge questions” presented at login? First-factor and second-factor secure authentication methods have [Read More...]