It’s been a new day for federal employees at the Justice Department.
The department announced Friday it is launching a new program that will offer employees the option to log onto their government computers using biometric identification.
The new program, dubbed SecureID, will be rolled out starting in 2020.
In an announcement Friday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the new system will make it easier for the government to collect information from federal workers.
“We know that federal employees are an important part of the United States,” Lynch said.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this initiative that will provide them access to their own government computers so they can stay connected to their work and continue to do their jobs.”
In an effort to address the growing threat of terrorism, Lynch and other government officials have pushed for the federal government to create a biometric system that will make accessing government records much easier.
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office found that about one-third of federal employees had experienced some type of cyber threat since 2009.
In a separate report, the government agency that oversees federal agencies said nearly 2,700 of them had been affected by cyberattacks in the last two years.
The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center all reported some cyber threats during the same period.
The Justice Department said the program will give federal employees a better opportunity to stay connected.
“By offering them a new option, the SecureID program will help them access their government work at a lower cost,” Lynch wrote.
“The program will also provide the government with the flexibility to respond to new cyber threats and will help keep government employees safe.” More: