Case Study: Department of Homeland Security
Public Sector – Department of Homeland Security
Trusted Identity Exchange (TIE) Initiative
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) consists of numerous different programs and agencies such as FEMA, TSA, US Borders and Protection Agencies, to name a few. Yet, federal employees, both old and new, needed basic access to the DHS network for email, facility control, training, and time and attendance systems. Granting secure access, while preserving a high level of access control, was tricky because employee identity and attribute data were scattered across the multiple different data repositories of the various agencies. In order to provide fast and secure access, DHS needed a way to simplify its identity infrastructure. The following description of their solution is based on the Privacy Impact Assessment for the DHS Trusted Identity Exchange.