ZIFFPAGE TITLENASA Base CaseBy David F. Carr | Posted 2005-10-01 Email Print
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NASA has 80,000 employees, and works with more than twice as many scientists and other outsiders. The problem: Those log-ins could be used to access the agency's computer systems after the users have left, retiredor died.
NASA Base Case
Headquarters: D St. S.W., Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 358-0001
Business: Space exploration, Earth imaging and aeronautical research
Chief Information Officer: Pat Dunnington
Budget for 2004: $16 billion
Challenge: Establish an agencywide system to track the identities of all computer users.
- Create one system for managing and tracking the creation, modification and deletion of computer accounts that will encompass an estimated 2,500 applicationsmost of which today manage accounts independently.
- Obtain benefits of $116.8 million over the next six years, compared with an estimated $33 million in spending on the integration project.
- Verify identities of an estimated 275,000 users80,000 employees and contractors, plus university scientists and other remote userswith accounts on NASA systems. Reduce to zero the unknown number of "orphan accounts" of those who no longer have a legitimate reason for access to NASA's systems.