Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client Upgrade
Beginning April 11, ITCD will be deploying the Cisco AnyConnect Virtual Private Network (VPN) client to HQ laptop computers in a phased approach. AnyConnect will replace the current Cisco VPN Client (Windows) and current version of Cisco AnyConnect (Macintosh). This updated software is a key part of the Four Cert PIV Smartcard Transition initiative, and will allow Macintosh users to access VPN with their smartcard instead of a token. Users will receive a targeted IT Notice with their scheduled deployment date and instructions on how to determine if the update was successful.
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Four Cert PIV Smartcard Transition for IT POCs
ITCD is hosting a transition room specifically for IT POCs to receive assistance with the smartcard transition to four cert capability. A “four cert” technician will work with users individually to perform the transition and provide brief instructions on the capabilities of the four cert smartcard. You should visit the transition room even if you think you have already been transitioned.
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Four Cert PIV Smartcard Transition
An initiative to transition NASA Personal Identity Verification (PIV) smartcards (NASA badges) to four certificate capability is underway. This “four cert” smartcard is NASA’s next generation PIV card. It provides a stronger identity assurance and can be used for physical access, desktop login (currently for Windows users only), encrypting/decrypting e-mails, and signing e-mail and forms.
HQ users who need to be transitioned will receive a notice with instructions based on individual status. Once transitioned, users will receive brief instructions on the capabilities of the four cert smartcard.
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Teleworking Today: Prepare for Working Remotely
ITCD is hosting training sessions to teach users how to effectively prepare for telework and to understand the ins and outs of connecting remotely to the NASA HQ network. This training will cover the tools needed to ensure a successful telework experience.
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RSA SecurID Token Phase-Out Effort
Collection Times: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Room 4G76
As part of a strategic objective to enhance PIV smartcard usage, the ITCD is continuing the effort to reduce the number of RSA SecurID Tokens in phases. The ultimate goal is to resolve all exceptions (i.e., the technical need to use a token) and eliminate tokens altogether. This will provide cost savings to HQ, ensure compliancy with federal mandates for improved security, and allow users to take advantage of advanced technologies available. Future efforts will focus on how smartcard replaces the need for tokens and how smartcard options are being enabled for the exception categories to support the elimination of tokens. All users are encouraged to turn in tokens that are no longer utilized. Contact Jeff Anderson, 358-1348.
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