DISA is Working on a Digital Identity, Credential, and Access Management Tool


According to Nextgov reports, the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) in the US has announced that it is working on a new identity, credential, and access management (ICAM) solution. The architecture tool is in the prototyping stage now and DISA is planning to introduce it at the beginning of 2021 with a subset of Defense Department applications.
This is the latest move from the US Department of Defense (DoD) pushing the shift toward digitising identities for access. In 2018, the DoD also started trialling behavioural identifiers on smartphones as an alternative for Common Access Cards.

Recently, the DISA has also partnered with the US Air Force for using a combination of signal jamming, physical security, and biometric verification for enhancing personnel mobile security. During a FedInsider webinar on Tuesday, DISA announced its new tool, ICAM. General Dynamics Information Technology sponsored the webinar, which is also responsible for building the new solution.
The reports from Nextgov also confirmed that the prototype will be deployed in 13 different applications in different Defense Departments, coordinating with the chief information officer, chief management officer, and chief financial officer of the Defense Department.
Director of DISA’s Cyber Development Directorate, Dr Serena Chan, said during the webinar that access cards will not be entirely replaced with the ICAM solution. It is aimed to adopt zero-trust principles.