The U.S. Interior Department has ordered its employees to use a smart card and password when they log into the department’s computer network as part of an effort to strengthen cybersecurity, Nextgov reported Tuesday.
Aliya Sternstein writes the policy was issued following a breach at an Interior Department-run data center that stores federal employee records from the Office of Personnel Management.
The department’s privileged users previously needed only a password to access information technology systems and many of its remote workers could access the network without using a personal identity verification card, according to Nextgov.
OPM expects to complete the implementation of a two-factor authentication system for privileged and regular computer users at the agency by Aug. 1.
The White House ordered federal agencies to report IT protection challenges and strategies to the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Homeland Security during the 30-day cybersecurity sprint.