The Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM) Initiative Podcast Now Available

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Jim Douglas

John Ruegg

James Dyche
SEARCH is pleased to announce the availability of its latest podcast, which addresses The Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM) initiative.

The podcast is moderated by Mr. Jim Douglas, SEARCH Justice Information Systems Specialist. Participants include Mr. John Ruegg, Chairman of the Global Security Working Group (GSWG) and Director of the Los Angeles County (California) Information Systems Advisory Board (ISAB), and Mr. James Dyche, Applications Administrator, Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET).

The podcast series on Justice Information Sharing - National Initiatives, Programs, Projects and Technologies features discussions and interviews among practitioners, industry experts, and government leaders regarding a variety of justice and public safety issues. The podcasts can be downloaded or listened to online. The 2009 podcast series is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

"SEARCH is pleased to offer this newest podcast, which will provide practitioners with a good baseline understanding of GFIPM, directly from two of the leaders who have made it happen," said Scott Came, SEARCH Director of Systems and Technology. "The podcast is relevant to anyone who needs to control access to justice information systems."

GFIPM Initiative a Solution for Secured Access
Justice organizations need to provide secured access to multiple agency information systems with a single logon. The GFIPM initiative provides a solution that is based on an electronic justice credential. This standards-based justice credential can be used to securely connect law enforcement and public safety personnel to interagency applications and data over secured networks or the Internet by establishing an electronic trust between the caretakers and users of critical information.

The GFIPM specifications and associated implementation documents have evolved through a collaborative effort of BJA, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and major participants and contributors including the Criminal Information Sharing Alliance network (CISA), Regional Information Sharing Systems network (RISS), JNET, and the Homeland Security Intelligence Network (HSIN). Technical support and development of GFIPM has been provided by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).

The Global Advisory Committee has made the following recommendations on behalf of Global:
  • Recognize GFIPM as the recommended approach for development of interoperable security functions for authentication and privilege management for information exchange among cross-domain justice information sharing systems,
  • Adopt the GFIPM: A Global Concept Activities and Progress Report as a recommended resource for next steps and activities to further the utility of GFIPM for the justice community, and
  • Urge the members of the justice community to consider GFIPM as a potential building block to a layered security solution when authenticating uses among cross-domain organizations.

In a closely related effort, the GSWG GFIPM Delivery Team has built a GFIPM implementation document set based on the implementation and lessons learned through the GFIPM Security Interoperability Demonstration Project.

Additional information and documents on GFIPM can be found on the Global website.