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DoD Endorses TSCP's Role In Protecting Critical Information Assets

Robert Lentz, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber, Identity and Information Assurance, credits TSCP as a key player in the world of "standardized identity credentialing"

HERNDON, Va., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In a May testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities, Robert Lentz -- U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber, Identity and Information Assurance -- championed the role that Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program (TSCP) plays in the fight against a growing number of cyber attacks.

Lentz's testimony focused on DoD security initiatives to "enhance the Department's and the nation's information assurance/cybersecurity posture." With threats to national security on the rise, the imperative to lock down information assurance grows. By crediting TSCP as a key player in the world of "standardized identity credentialing," Lentz acknowledges TSCP's critical contribution to this increasingly vital area.

"The Department's use of hardware-based identity credentials for access to networks and information systems has shut down known attack vectors, demonstrably decreased attacks, and elevated the security posture to our network by denying anonymity to attackers," said Lentz. "Identity interoperability with industry and international groups will help with secure information sharing and force protection."

As members of TSCP, the U.S. DoD and other government organizations -- including the U.S. General Services Administration, U.K. Ministry of Defence, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence and partners, including BAE Systems, Boeing, EADS, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and others -- work together on common standards for secure collaboration across the global aerospace and defense (A&D) industry.

"Cybersecurity and information assurance are growing concerns worldwide," said Keith Ward, TSCP chairman. "TSCP members are coming together for a shared mission -- effectively safeguarding these defenses and putting intellectual property under lock and key."

For more information on membership, please visit www.tscp.org.

About TSCP

TSCP is the only government-industry partnership specifically focused on designing solutions to address the most critical issues facing the A&D industry: mitigating the compliance, complexity, cost and IT security risks inherent in large-scale, multi-national collaborative programs. The TSCP was founded in 2002, and has delivered several specifications and guidance documents on securing A&D supply chain data. The group today focuses on identity federation policies and governance. The TSCP is open to government organizations, prime contractors, integrators, suppliers and member trade groups. For more information, please visit www.tscp.org.

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