Education CISO on partnering with other agencies to bolster authentication

“Zero trust relies heavily on authentication of the user’s identity. How do you know this user is who they say they are, how much do you trust them, and what assets do you trust them with? …”

“For example, the Education Department deals with more than 6,500 higher education institutions and their students. Steven Hernandez, Education’s chief information security officer, said that can require various different kinds of authentication methods…”

“Hernandez said this can also involve partnering with other agencies to share data that can be used in authentication. For example, Education already partners with IRS around financial data in order to streamline user experience in applying for financial aid, so repurposing that data for authentication is a natural fit. But Education also has data-sharing initiatives with other partners, like the Social Security Administration. Such data-sharing agreements can both improve citizen experience and strengthen security…” Read the full article here.

Source: Does the future include shared services for zero trust? – By David Thornton, November 18, 2021. Federal News Network.

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