Nextgov reports that “the White House has directed all federal agencies to take a series of swift measures to lock down government systems, in the wake of a devastating hack that possibly delivered Chinese spies data that could compromise national security.”
During the mentioned data breach that hit the Office of Personnel Management, records on more than 4 million current and former civilian agency and military employees were leaked.
In a statement, the Office of Management and Budget officials said:
Recent events underscore the need to accelerate the administration’s cyber strategy and confront aggressive, persistent malicious actors that continue to target our nation’s cyber infrastructure.
U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott has launched a “30-day cybersecurity sprint”, which includes accelerating the widespread use of multifactor authentication or “two-step ID checks”, because passwords alone are insufficient access controls, officials said. From Nextgov:
Requiring personnel to log in with a smartcard or alternative form of ID can significantly reduce the chances adversaries will pierce federal networks, they added, stopping short of mandating multi-step ID checks.
Multifactor authentication use is needed beyond the federal government. Financial institutions, for example, are prime targets for fraudsters seeking to steal personal information. Enacomm enables organizations to implement multifactor authentication by combining next-generation Knowledge-Based Authentication and biometric authentication.
What might that look like? A bank customer takes a selfie with her smartphone. Next, Enacomm’s system uses facial recognition to compare the photo with her driver license picture, which is stored in a national database. Next, Enacomm’s technology eKBA could prompt the bank customer to answer a few quick questions for which only she — the true user — would know the answers (verified through credit and non-credit sources). Voila! Multifactor authentication.
To find out more about Enacomm’s eKBA and EVA (Enacomm Voice Authentication), which employs voice biometrics technology, visit our products page.