Cyber attacks have grown increasingly sophisticated over the past couple of years, and federal agencies understand it’s critical to tighten their security requirements to protect high-value resources. For example, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which invests more than $40 billion annually to fund critical medical research, needs controlled access to its data.
As NIH adapted to accommodate a massive surge in researchers, employees and partner institutions working remotely during the pandemic, it became even more critical to strengthen NIH’s identity, access and authentication management practices.
Jeff Erickson, NIH’s information technology manager, and Deloitte Principal Chris Goodwin spoke with FedScoop in a new video interview to discuss how NIH has successfully adopted federated identity and access management practices — and how agencies can better manage identity and authentication services.
They highlight how relying on federated identity, and multi-factor authentication platforms can reduce cybersecurity risks, create greater efficiencies and streamline access to a wide array of data systems and applications — on-prem and in the cloud — for hundreds of thousands of users and partners to carry out missions effectively. And they discuss how using managed services providers can help agencies implement identity, credential, and access management systems faster.
This video interview was produced by Scoop News Group and FedScoop and underwritten by Deloitte.