MeriTalk: HHS’ Caron Stresses Need for Continuous Authentication in Identity Management, ZT

Gerald Caron, chief information officer (CIO) and assistant inspector general (IG) for information technology at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said this week that sustainability and continuous authentication are two of the keys to creating a robust identity and access management (IAM) strategy as part of how Federal agencies move to comply with President Biden’s 2021 cybersecurity executive order that requires migration to zero trust security architectures.

During ATARC’s Identity and Access Management Virtual Summit on Aug. 2, Caron explained that automation is a key driver for sustainable identity management and zero trust. But at the same time, Federal agencies are “dealing with legacy applications… and breaking through that is a task, and it’s no easy feat,” especially in the hybrid work environment, he said…

The HHS OIG, in particular, has turned its focus to sustainability and automation as it continues to build out authentication tools and move toward zero trust, he said.

Caron also explained that there are different methods of identity proofing that can lead to varying levels of risk… Read the full article here.



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