The military is performing a proof of concept in Utah by putting transit benefits on employees’ Common Access Cards. USDA is implementing technology to require the use of HSPD-12 cards to log onto applications.
New regulations published Thursday aim to make sure agencies reclaim vendor employees’ HSPD-12 cards when they’re no longer needed to perform contract work.
The long-awaited memo requires agencies to develop a plan to implement physical and computer network access controls. DHS and GSA are also working together to help agencies improve physical access control.
Fears that the leak of thousands of State Department memos to the website WikiLeaks would reverse progress on interagency sharing of national security information have not materialized, officials testified Thursday. Agencies have responded by recognizing the need to protect data rather than by hoarding it, they said.
Deputy secretaries now get quarterly scorecards on how their agency is meeting four IT security priorities, including continuous monitoring of agency networks and secure identity cards. Howard Schmidt, the White House cyber coordinator, said the goal is to increase accountability and make sure agencies are putting enough focus on these areas. Schmidt said he is also developing priorities for 2012, which includes getting cybersecurity legislation passed.
Program to provide identification cards for maritime workers lags behind a similar DoD effort, and is causing decade-long problems.