On Monday the White House ordered federal agencies to implement cybersecurity fixes “without delay” after a reported breach of government employee records.
The Obama administration used the reported breach to announce its desire to “dramatically accelerate implementation” of multi-factor authentication for network access. This is White House speak for personal identity verification, i.e., a smart card, possibly a biometric one.
In early 2014 the Obama administration rolled out its “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace,” a system that would replace passwords and other internet login procedures with “a smart identity card, a digital certificate on their cell phone,” and other schemes.
“The original proposal was quick to point out that this isn’t a federally mandated national ID. But if successful, it could pave the way for an interoperable authentication protocol that works for any…
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