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Serena Chan: DISA to Test Enterprise Identity Mgmt Tech Prototype With Pilot Apps in January

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Serena Chan
Serena Chan Director DISA Cyber Directorate

Serena Chan, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) cyber development directorate, said DISA plans to begin testing in January 2021 its enterprise identity, credential and access management (ICAM) prototype with a subset of 13 applications from several Department of Defense (DoD) components, Nextgov reported Friday.

Chan told the publication the ICAM prototype is set to achieve initial operational capability in late December 2020 and the testing with the pilot apps in early 2021 seeks to improve the ICAM platform.

She noted the ICAM project will not completely remove common access cards but will play a key role in advancing DISA’s move to a zero trust framework to improve cybersecurity.

“It’s very important to note that ICAM is foundational to zero trust, I think the fidelity that the ICAM capabilities provide us will greatly help that,” Chan said.