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FCW : August 30, 2015
Some agencies started at zero but rock- eted upward during the federal gov- ernment’s sprint to improve two-factor authentication levels. Other agencies started high and stayed there. And some agencies saw their two- factor authentication levels actually drop. According to the results of the cybersecurity sprint, the departments of Education, Justice and Energy were three of the biggest losers in terms of two-factor authentication levels. • Education’s total implementation fell from 71 percent in April, before the sprint, to 57 percent in July. For privi- leged users, the figure dropped from 14 percent to 11 percent; for unprivi- leged users, it ticked up from 76 to 77 percent. • Justice’s total implementation fell from 36 percent to 31 percent. The implementation level for privileged users shot from 26 percent to 83 per- cent, but unprivileged implementation dropped 6 percentage points. • Energy’s total implementation plunged from 32 percent to 12 percent. Although privileged user implementa- tion jumped from 8 percent to 13 per- Cyber sprint laggards explain their results of government IT buyers expect their budgets to increase next year, by an average of 6.2 percent 30% Trending cent, unprivileged user implementation fell 23 percentage points. Those figures stand in contrast to most other agencies. Several reached two-factor authentication levels of 100 percent for privileged users, and 14 surpassed U.S. CIO Tony Scott’s 75 percent overall target. The Defense Department saw a small drop in over- all two-factor authentication, but unlike Education, Justice and Energy, total DOD two-factor authentication levels were above the 75 percent target. An Energy spokesperson told FCW that “the numbers fail to tell the whole story. The actual number of users using [personal identity verification] multi- factor authentication went up during this period, but the drop in percent- age reported to [the Office of Man- agement and Budget] was a result of DOE expanding the scope of users held accountable to this standard to cap- ture DOE’s entire enterprise, including contractor accounts, laboratories, sites and plants.” An OMB official echoed Energy’s assertion that a new understanding of the underlying numbers affected some agencies’ performance. “Every CFO Act agency made prog- ress toward the goals of the 30-day sprint,” the OMB official said. “Where some agencies appear to decrease in their implementing strong authenti- cation...agencies may have realized a larger universe of users.” Furthermore, “the sprint allowed OMB and federal agencies to gain a clearer understanding of challenges — from limited resources, institutional challenges, cyber proficiency, and com- plex legacy networks and systems — facing an agency’s ability to enhance its cybersecurity.” An Education Department official offered the same “larger universe” explanation, and said it made progress during the sprint. Justice, on the other hand, said it did not uncover previously uncounted users. “DOJ has approximately 3,000 privileged and 160,000 general users, of which 83 percent and 30 percent, respectively, are enabled for PIV two- factor authentication,” a Justice offi- cial said. “While the numbers fluctu- ated some during the cyber sprint, August 30, 2015 FCW.COM 3 Continued on Page 6 FCW CALENDAR Defense IT David DeVries, DOD’s deputy CIO, and DISA Director Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn are among the speakers at Defense Systems’ discussion of DOD’s Joint Information Environment. Arlington, Va. http://defensesystems.com/JIE Acquisition Washington Technology’s Department of Health and Human Services IT Day will dig into specific fiscal 2016 acquisitions at the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other HHS components. Falls Church, Va. http://is.gd/WT_HHS_IT 9/23 9/2 Customer experience ACT-IAC is hosting a half-day summit on “The CX Journey: Understanding Customers and Engaging Employees” to explore best practices, tactics and tools for better CX design. Washington, D.C . http://is.gd/FCW_cx 9/24 0830fcw_003-011.indd 3 8/12/15 9:10 AM
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