What two-factor authentication could really accomplish in government

Written by Gcn
  • Gcn
  • 2 years ago


President Obama garnered much attention in October of 2014 by signing an executive order mandating chip-and-PIN technology for all federally issued payment cards and terminals. In Section 3 of the executive order, the president outlined plans that would “ensure that all agencies making personal data accessible to citizens through digital applications require the use of multiple factors of authentication and an effective identity proofing process, as appropriate.”

Because the standard username/password combination has proven vulnerable to hackers, multifactor authentication will, as the executive order says, “help ensure that sensitive data are shared only with the appropriate person or people.” The president’s mandate lays the foundation for implementing higher security standards.

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