Government moves toward standards for unified security

Wednesday, 25 February 2004, 6:03 PM EST

Agencies are slowly developing standards and common practices for integrating security—both for physical and information needs—across agencies.

“We are going to end the proliferation of stovepipes,” said Judith Spencer, chairwoman of the Federal ID Credentialing Committee at the General Services Administration.

And smart cards will play a chief role said Keith T. Hughes, director of the Interagency Security Committee, which is helping to tie together physical and logical security.

“In the future, all federal buildings are going to have to build in an infrastructure for smart cards,” said Hughes, a member of the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Protective Service.

Spencer and Hughes spoke yesterday at the RSA Security Conference.

By William Jackson at GCN.

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