Last month the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they are working together on two memos regarding federal secure identity management cards. These are cards that were issued in accordance with HSPD-12, which we talked about in our last post. There’s not much info on what these memos will say, but this article offers some speculation about them.
- HSPD-12 established identification standards to secure access to physical facilities. These standards will be extended to enhance computer and network security.
- The OMB is recommending that federal agencies plan to upgrade their physical and network access controls during 2011using secure IDs.
- Private sector organizations will play an important role in developing and implementing the upgraded security procedures.
This final point is very important. We’ve already seen how contractors need to use the federal secure IDs to access federal facilities. It’s in an organization’s best interest to adopt the recommendations and policies set forth by the OMB and DHS. We can provide card access, telephone access, or biometric ID systems to secure your facilities. We can also provide and service integrated low-voltage systems to protect your data networking. Contact us to learn more.