To comply with Federal mandates and to improve security, NASA is moving toward the exclusive use of the NASA Personal Identification Validation (PIV) smartcard (the NASA “badge”) for login and other authentication to systems, networks, and applications. This will be accomplished using a phased approach.
Smartcards confirm your identity and provide authentication when used to login to your computer and applications. It is easy to use and it's secure. Just insert your smartcard into the smartcard reader and enter your PIN, the 6-8 digit code you selected when you first received your NASA badge. For details about functionality, PINs, maintenance, and lost or stolen smartcards, see Documentation.
NASA’s goal is to have 10 to 20 percent of employees using PIV smartcards on their desktops and laptops by the end of FY 2013, with increased participation continuing through FY 2014. Follow-on initiatives will add Macintosh and other operating systems, and provide solutions for mobile devices and all remaining enterprise applications.
What to Expect
ITCD has implemented an early adoption program at Headquarters to begin the requirement of using smartcards as the sole method for logging into the NASA network. This will lead the way for all Headquarters' users to easily convert from using NDC credentials to smartcard only.
The first phase begins with Windows 7 computers. Users participating in this program will be configured for "smartcard only" which means your smartcard and PIN are required for login. You will no longer be able to use your NDC credentials (Agency User ID and 12-character password) to log in.
To prepare for this transition, see Smartcard–Only Login.
This first phase does not impact any mobile device or other NASA applications and services that users may be using. The smartcard-only configuration is placed on the actual machine, not on the user's account. Therefore, users who have access to more than one Windows computer may place one in the early adoption program while leaving the other with username/password login still allowed at this time.
- You must have a NASA-issued smartcard badge
- You must know your smartcard PIN
- You must have a NASA-issued computer with Windows 7 and a smartcard reader
- You must have successfully tested smartcard login on your computer
All Federal Agencies are mandated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through OMB Memo M-11-11 to use PIV credentials as the common means of authentication for access to their Agency’s facilities, networks, and information systems.