DHS Conducts Nationwide ID Authentication Test For Emergency Preparedness

Saturday, October 23, 2010
By Paul Martin

TerraDaily.com
McLean VA (SPX) Oct 22, 2010

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently coordinated a nationwide demonstration showing the ability to deploy a common, interoperable credentialing system that enables electronic identity authentication for government and industry personnel.
The demonstration, dubbed “Autumn Blend,” showed the use of standardized personal identity credentials operating across multiple domains, such as a government’s or company’s credential authentication infrastructure, for access management decisions, situational awareness, cyber-secure capabilities and post-event reconstruction.

Participants included federal, state, local, and private sector emergency response and recovery officials who are assigned to the front lines for rescue or recovery missions.

“Northrop Grumman has an established commitment with the Department of Homeland Security and we recognize the importance and national significance of this demonstration,” said Alan Leckenby, vice president of International and Identity Management for Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector.

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