[ISN] OPM to Fully Do Away with Passwords for Network Access

www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/10/opm-fully-do-away-passwords-network-access-2-years/122768/ By Aliya Sternstein Nextgov.com October 13, 2015 Following one of the most devastating government data breaches ever revealed, the Office of Personnel Management is on track to replace password logins with two-step identification for accessing agency networks in two years, according to new goals set by the Obama administration. Suspected Chinese espionage artists allegedly used a contractor’s passcode to break into records on 21.5 million current and prospective national security employees, along with their relatives. While mandated to control network access with digital smart cards since 2004, only 1 percent of OPM computer users needed something more than a password to sign on as of September 2014, according to the White House. Meanwhile, hackers gnawed at OPM’s networks from 2013 until the agency discovered the breach in April. […]