FCW covered my conversation with the outgoing director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and Joint Forces Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network commander LTG Alan Lynn.
“”Fingerprints and facial recognition are problematic for a warfighter,’ Lynn said at a Jan. 11 event hosted by AFCEA’s Washington, D.C. chapter. Gloves and dirty fingers are a constant challenge in the field, he explained, while goggles or full masks also could complicate authentication. But ‘you’re going to always have … your walk,’ he said.
“Then-Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen announced in June 2016 that CAC cards were not agile or secure enough for future needs, and later suggested that DOD would like as many as ’15 factors that we would actually check for identity…and any given day, randomized, we would be using five or six of them.’ Lynn, however, said DISA is working toward a seven-factor suite for continuous multi-factor authentication.
According to video DISA posted in December, those seven authentication factors include GPS location, voice recognition, facial recognition, device orientation, trusted peripherals and trusted networks, in addition to walking gait. Together, Lynn said, such authentication factors are ‘better than just your credentials — it’s who you are.’
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