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Federated and Secure Identity Management in Operation

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Synopsis: Many visions, definitions, strategies and concepts on how “federation” should or would work currently abound when discussing Identity Management scenarios. The Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing Systems (FiXs) a not for profit Industry organization of more than 50 members/subscribers has actually built and operationalized, with the Department of Defense, one of the very first , if not the first such environment in existence today.



This presentation and discussion will focus on the journey travelled over the last four years of collaborative work between the DoD and FiXs on establishing this Federation between Industry and Government.



Participants will learn about the development of trust models, operating rules, policies on privacy and security, mandatory guidelines and standards, open technology solutions and the politics of making a Federation between Industry and Government actually operational.

The discussion leader is Dr. Michael J. Mestrovich, President of FiXs, and one who spent nearly thirty years within the Department of Defense and Federal Government developing, implementing and operating enterprise wide systems and infrastructures for personnel, health, business and command and control systems. Over the past few years, since he retired from DoD, he has focused on innovative ways to allow Industry and Government to work together in collaborative forums in solving National infrastructure issues.

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Federated and Secure Identity Management in Operation

  1. 1. FiXs® - Federated & Secure Identity Management in Operation The Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing Systems (FiXs) www.FiXs.org
  2. 2. UNCLASSIFIED FiXs - The Federation for Identity & Cross-Credentialing Systems --- What is it? A 501(c)6 not-for-profit trade association initially formed in 2004 while working with the Department of Defense to provide secure and inter-operable use of identity credentials between and among government entities and industry A coalition of diverse companies/organizations supporting development and implementation of inter-operable identity cross-credentialing standards, systems and end to end solutions for various applications Members/Subscribers include: government contractors, technology companies, major firms, small businesses, sole-proprietors, not-for-profit organizations, Department of Defense, state governments, etc. 2 UNCLASSIFIED
  3. 3. UNCLASSIFIED FiXs is a Standards, C & A and Network Access Organization Complete Legal Governance structure for member firms Certification and Accreditation program for issuing identity credentials and securing personal identifying information A secure network switch through which transactions can be passed for PACS and LACS applications Standards for interfacing with the network switch and interoperability of applications Secure Network access to certified service providers and sponsors of individuals holding certified credentials Clearinghouse for objective consideration of technologies, business processes, rules and requirements 3 UNCLASSIFIED
  4. 4. UNCLASSIFIED 4.1301 Contract clause The contracting officer shall insert the clause at 52.204-9, Personal Identity Verification of Contractor Personnel, in solicitations and contracts when contract performance requires contractors to have physical access to a federally controlled facility or access to a Federal information system. 52.204-9 Personal Identity Verification of Contractor Personnel (a) The Contractor shall comply with (b) The Contractor shall insert this agency personnel identity verification clause in all subcontracts when the procedures identified in the contract that subcontractor is required to have implement Homeland Security physical access to a federally- Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12), controlled facility or access to a Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Federal information system. guidance M-05-24, and Federal Information Processing Standards Publication (FIPS PUB) Number 201. 4 UNCLASSIFIED
  5. 5. UNCLASSIFIED The Foundation In January 2006 FiXs entered into a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Defense which established terms and conditions under which FiXs & DoD will use their respective systems as part of an identity suite of systems the MOU was updated & renewed in February 2009. The terms and conditions include:   an operational framework for inter-operability between DoD & FiXs   specific operational responsibilities   legal governance structure ATO Granted by DMDC in July 2007 5 UNCLASSIFIED
  6. 6. UNCLASSIFIED Governance Structure Defined Trust Model Operating Rules Security Guidelines Policy Standards, including Privacy Act compliance Technical Architecture Specifications & Standards Implementation Guidelines Formal, legal flow down agreements for members/ subscribers 6 UNCLASSIFIED
  7. 7. UNCLASSIFIED The Basic Principles Individual personal identifying information, such as biometrics, SSN, & other unique personal identifying information is captured once & accessed as required for authentication of ones’ identity This information is maintained in a federated manner, whereby there is no single database of every individual’s identifying information. The data is maintained in a distributed manner under the authority and control of the organization who “sponsors” the individual holding the certified identity credential Queries of this information are “logged” to support privacy (akin to the processes followed when someone accesses your credit report) Structured to emulate the ATM & credit card network model of the banking industry 7 UNCLASSIFIED
  8. 8. UNCLASSIFIED Identity Federation between DCCIS & FiXs 8 UNCLASSIFIED
  9. 9. UNCLASSIFIED Meeting Policy Objectives Certified Credentials that can be trusted with confidence   “FiXs network fully operational for worldwide use in support of identity authentication purposes & applications” – DMDC July, 16, 2007   “The DoD shall establish & maintain the ECA program to support the issuance of DoD-approved certificates to industry partners & other external entities & organizations.” -- DoDI 8520   “FiXs credentials that include PKI certificates issued from DoD ECA vendors are acceptable for use by DoD web based systems”---ASD/NII July 11, 2008 Short term return on investment (ROI)   Existing highly available architectures for identity deployment & revocation information -- immediate cost avoidance of CAC issuance “outside of the fence” 9 UNCLASSIFIED
  10. 10. UNCLASSIFIED FiXs Chain of Trust 10 UNCLASSIFIED
  11. 11. UNCLASSIFIED Certified & Accredited Subsystems FiXs Network - The Defense Cross Credentialing Identification System (DCCIS) infrastructure and its interface to the FiXs Network are now fully operational for worldwide use in support of identity authentication purposes and applications. The architecture is in place today to inter-operate similarly with non-DoD organizations in a secure manner. Credential Issuers (CI) - Each CI undergoes an extensive and complete review in accordance with the highest industry standards and cover all requirements of the solution proposed in the solution. This is documented in detailed Certification and Accreditation (C&A) reports. Authentications Station - FiXs certified authentication stations enable FiXs and Department of Defense (DoD) CAC credentials to be verified and accepted for physical access authentication purposes by implementing the cross-credentialing services supported by this combined network. Final decisions on physical access privileges, whether at a government or vendor site, are local decisions. 11 UNCLASSIFIED
  12. 12. UNCLASSIFIED Fixing the Identity Credentialing Problem “Hardware tokens [FiXs] & associated certificates issued by the ECA providers have the same assurance level as a Common Access Card (CAC).” – EPMA Note: Access privileges are granted under the purview of the Facility/ Application owner. 12 UNCLASSIFIED
  13. 13. UNCLASSIFIED HSPD-12 Compliant & PIV Inter-operable Credential Management FIPS 201 compliant lifecycle management of users, their identity devices, & associated credentials… … with the strength of DoD Medium Hardware Assurance 13 UNCLASSIFIED
  14. 14. UNCLASSIFIED Multi-Levels of Vetting for Certified Credentials allow for multiple levels of granting or denying physical & logical access control All certificates on a FiXs credential include an Organizational Unit ID and identifies the FiXs vetting assurance level as follows:   FiXs4, for FiXs credentials asserting FiXs equivalent “High”   FiXs3, for FiXs credentials asserting FiXs equivalent “Medium High”   FiXs2, for FiXs credentials asserting FiXs equivalent “Medium”   FiXs1, for FiXs credentials asserting FiXs equivalent “Low” Application/ perimeter owner chooses appropriate verification & authentication levels. 14 UNCLASSIFIED
  15. 15. UNCLASSIFIED Robust revocation processes Certified Credentials issuers are required to maintain FiXs enrollment, privacy, administrative control, revocation, and audit information Maintenance & updating of the revocation information is the joint responsibility of the sponsoring organization & the Certified Credential issuer Card & Certificate Revocation Lists are issued immediately upon revocation “A revocation process must exist such that an expired or invalidated credential is swiftly revoked.” 15 UNCLASSIFIED
  16. 16. UNCLASSIFIED Facility, Installation and Network Access – Today’s Problem No uniform compliance Vulnerability Lack of vision   Who’s on - Who’s off No threat flexibility   DHS NIMS code deployment plan   PX & commissary services   Suppliers to docks   Maintenance & repair access to grounds   Network applications   Occasional Visitors 16 UNCLASSIFIED
  17. 17. UNCLASSIFIED Common Issues with Physical and Logical Security How do we protect our facilities and systems, balanced with ease of use?   Easy, secure access for those who belong   Simple identification verification of visitors & users Identity assurance for contractors & suppliers must:   Incorporate strong vetting for those that require access   Follow DoD and all Federal guidelines Access decisions must be automated & reliable The facility or system owner is ultimately responsible-- so how do we help?   Improve decisions through interoperable electronic authentication   Make it more secure, smarter & cost efficient per system   Develop applications that work with multiple level credentials 17 UNCLASSIFIED
  18. 18. UNCLASSIFIED Do we re-invent the wheel? Federated identity assurance policy & standards have been developed Vetting & security is in place for FiXs, DoD/ECA CAC, & HSPD-12  All are secure identities  All can be used for access decisions  All provide 2 factor authentication Its been done, decided, now lets use it. 18 UNCLASSIFIED
  19. 19. UNCLASSIFIED FiXs & Certified Credentials Value Proposition & ROI Inter-operable with DoD systems — can be used by other Federal organizations Under review to be accepted as PIV inter-operable per Federal CIO Council guidance Achieved enterprise-wide capability & best practices Provides security & privacy of staff, systems, data & facilities in compliance with latest identity assurance & identity management processes Comply with FAR contract requirements Supports HSPD – 12 & NIST PIV Proven uniform approach is possible & realistic across government and industry 19 UNCLASSIFIED
  20. 20. UNCLASSIFIED Contact Information Dr. Michael Mestrovich, President - FiXs  Michael.Mestrovich@fixs.org  703 928 3157 Robert Martin, Corporate Secretary - FiXs  Bob.Martin@fixs.org  703 321 6951 Dan Turissini, Operations Committee Chair - FiXs  turissd@orc.com  703 401 1706 20 UNCLASSIFIED
  21. 21. UNCLASSIFIED Backup Slides 21 UNCLASSIFIED
  22. 22. UNCLASSIFIED Identity Authentication Architecture 22 UNCLASSIFIED

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