Feds Offer IT Security Services to State and Local Governments

State and local governments today will have access to a new federal security services contract that includes public-key infrastructure (PKI) products as well as services based on digital signature, certificate and encryption technologies. Such technologies authenticate a user's identity and ensure data is not tampered with during transmission.

A new partnership between the U.S. Commerce Department's National Technical Information Services agency and Electronic Data Services Corp. today will offer customized information security services to federal, state and local government organizations.

NTIS sells scientific, technical, engineering and related business information to agencies and has for years provided online services to government organizations through FedWorld (www.fedworld.gov). Fedworld is designed to serve as a distributor of information to the federal government through multiple channels.

Federal agencies have petitioned NTIS repeatedly for PKI services, said Chris Lowden, director of FedWorld.

State and local governments also have been looking for PKI technology to move paper forms and applications to the Internet, to secure World Wide Web sites and to enable secure e-mail, Lowden said.

-- Diane Frank (dfrank@fcw.com)

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