TFA Protects FBI's Unclass Network
TFA Protects FBI’s Unclassified Network from Unauthorized Users
WASHINGTON (January 2010)—To further strengthen its information technology security posture, the FBI recently deployed a two factor authentication (TFA) login process to secure its sensitive but unclassified network, systems, and information and protect it from unauthorized remote users.
TFA provides the FBI workforce with secure, remote access to unclassified information systems–from any place and at any time–via the World Wide Web. To gain systems access, when FBI employees log in, they must enter “something they know,” such as a Personal Identification Number, plus “something they have,” such as the code from a token. The combination of these two numbers creates a “passcode,” which is a time sensitive number unique to a user. This transparent validation identifies authorized users, but presents a complex, constantly changing interface to unauthorized individuals trying to gain access.
“This new authentication architecture provides an immediate added layer of security for remote connectivity to our unclassified e-mail services,” explained Chad L. Fulgham, the FBI’s Chief Information Officer. “It also provides the framework for future services that will be added at a later date.”