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Secure user access for feds

Waveset Technologies Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corp. have developed a secure identity management solution to address the requirements of the public sector.

The Secure Authentication Framework for the Enterprise (SAFE) is being deployed at several government agencies, including the Defense Information Systems Agency. DISA is using the solution to secure user authorization and authentication across the diverse information technology environment of the agency's Global Combat Support System for Combatant Commands/Joint Task Force.

SAFE includes a unified management console for Web and client/server applications, Web access management, automated user provisioning, delegated administration, password management and support for Defense Department public-key infrastructure technology.

States need better security

Almost no state governments are adequately protecting their information systems from hackers, who could steal sensitive personal citizen data or disrupt vital services, according to a former White House cybersecurity official.

Citizens expect their Social Security numbers, income information, and the sensitive medical data that state governments collect to be protected. But a hacker can easily penetrate a state system and steal information or commit even more serious crimes, said Richard Clarke, a longtime federal information security expert who until earlier this year was chairman of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

"If I am really nasty, I could do something like knock out a 911 system," Clarke said July 23 at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures in San Francisco.

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