Letter: Smart card advice for a smooth transition

Regarding, "GAO: HSPD-12 program needs clear goal," a reader writes: I have a few years of experience with HSPD-12 and smart card enablement. I have noticed it would be helpful if agencies could enable their IT infrastructure to accept smart cards for authentication
prior to a massive smart card issuance.

It is actually much easier to prepare the network to accept smart cards for log on while accepting both a user name and password or PIV card/PIN for log on. Once an agency enables the infrastructure to accept the credentials for either network log on, application log on, or digital signatures in workflow the easier it will be on employees transitioning to using a card for all of these actions on their computer. Otherwise, if an agency issues a massive number of badges to the employees with out having anything they can use the badge for when they return to their computers/desk the employees will forget their pins and need to return to have them reset when an IT component is PK-enabled.

Another issue I have noticed is the lack of COTS products integrating smart card authentication out of the box and it will cost agencies across the board more money to enable/customize these applications for smart card use. COTS vendors should step up and customize their products prior to integrating into an agencies infrastructure to accept a smart card.

Finally, in general there are so few in the IT workforce that specialize in smart card enablement the resources are spread thin when trying to integrate smart cards into all government IT systems.

Anonymous


What do you think? Paste a comment in the box below (registration required), or send your comment to letters@fcw.com (subject line: Blog comment) and we'll post it.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.