Back To: Boost IT Security In 30 Days

Step 4: Dramatically accelerate implementation of multi-factor authentication, especially for privileged users.

Intruders can easily steal or guess usernames/passwords and use them to gain access to federal networks, systems and data, Scott noted. Requiring the utilization of a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card or alternative form of multi-factor authentication can significantly reduce the risk of adversaries penetrating Federal networks and systems, he stated. Yet again, agencies had to report back on their progress and challenges within 30 days.