As federal public-sector organizations increasingly adopt cloud services and mobile applications to boost productivity and cut costs1 , traditional perimeter-focused network defenses fail to combat the evolving set of cyber threats existing within an organization’s network. In today’s critical information technology (IT) environment, safeguarding data from interference by unauthorized users requires strong management of user identities and control of employee and partner access to IT resources. Whereas government agencies have historically relied on Common Access Cards (CAC), Personal Identity Verification (PIV) and username and password systems to manage network access, this “new normal” of mobile, cloud and other nontraditional entry points demands a broader approach to identity risk management.
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