FAA's systems chief focuses on security issues

FAA's systems chief focuses on security issues

Consistency is the key to securing government systems, a Federal Aviation Administration official said recently.

The mechanics of security depend on whether an agency worries about an internal or an external threat, FAA chief information officer Daniel J. Mehan said. Management, however, must send a consistent message that security is important.

The need for more sophisticated access controls will encourage the move to smart cards and biometric technologies from password-only controls, Mehan said last month at the GCN Forum in Washington.

He also said he supports cross-agency sharing of security information through a multiagency data warehouse.

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