How multifactor authentication can play a role in the cybersecurity national action plan

May 3, 2016

Darren Guccione

In February 2016, the White House announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which aims to increase federal cybersecurity funding by more than a third to over $19 billion. One of the key components of the plan was a partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance called the “National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign” that will focus on educating consumers and federal employees about how to protect themselves through multifactor authentication.

In an editorial in The Wall Street Journal, President Obama stated, “We’re launching a new national awareness campaign to raise awareness of cyber threats and encourage more Americans to move beyond passwords—adding an extra layer of security like a fingerprint or codes sent to your cell phone.”

A major part of this initiative will include changes to how the federal government will take steps to safeguard personal data in online transactions between citizens and the government through multifactor authentication and identity proofing to reduce reliance on Social Security numbers as an identifier of citizens.

Here are three significant ways the government can integrate multifactor authentication into their activities surrounding the Cybersecurity National Action Plan:

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