DHS virtually issuing alternate derived credential during pandemic

“The Department of Homeland Security is issuing alternative credentials to its employees and contractors who need access to the agency’s networks but can’t physically visit a DHS facility to replace or get a new personal identity verification (PIV) card during the coronavirus pandemic.”

“In collaboration with the department’s chief information officer and agency subcomponents, the DHS Office of the Chief Security Officer has created a new, derived alternative credential over the last month, the department told Federal News Network.”

“The new credential allows existing employees and contractors with expiring PIV cards to continue to receive remote access to DHS networks — and new employees and contractors to gain the logical access they need to begin working during the pandemic.”

“DHS has issued 76 credentials since May 8, the department said. Most have gone to employees at DHS headquarters so far, but employees and contractors who work for any of the department’s components can seek approval for a derived alternative credential.”

“The temporary credentialing process has helped DHS onboard more than 100 new employees since March 16, the department has said…”

“There’s no specific timeline for when DHS will reopen its credentialing facilities and ask employees and contractors to return to their physical office spaces…” Read the full article here.

Source: No PIV card? No problem. DHS is virtually issuing new alternative credentials during pandemic – By Nicole Ogrysko, May 11, 2020. Federal News Network.

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