Agency adds smart cards
- By Greg Langlois
- Dec 03, 2000
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is bolstering systems security by adding
public-key infrastructure and providing smart cards to 1,500 employees.
BLS will issue most of the cards to field workers who sign in to the
agency's network remotely. Currently, remote users gain access by entering
a user ID and a password, said Rick Kryger, the agency's IT security officer.
Smart cards from Datakey Inc. and PKI technology from Entrust Technology
Inc. will enable BLS administrators to control users' network access, Kryger
The new system will provide two- factor authentication, which relies
on something people have (in this case, smart cards) and something they
know (such as a password).