National Weather Service

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has standardized on Centrify. As part of NOAA, the National Weather Service has extended CAC smart card authentication across Windows, Linux and Mac for HSPD-12 compliance.

We started out with very simple roles and now we manage user privileges with extreme granularity. The roles in Centrify are essential in limiting what people can access and locking our systems down.

Jeff Williams, Systems Integration Chief, National Weather Services


Adherence to HSPD-12 regulations required the National Weather Service to implement Common Access Cards (CAC) for multi-factor authentication across its heterogeneous environment. The agency’s previous solution lacked smart card and other essential capabilities like auditing and least privilege.

Centrify allows the National Weather Service to combine Active Directory credentials with CAC authentication to enable secure access across Unix and Windows platforms, and leverage Group Policy for centralized management - all with a FIPS 140-2 certified solution in accordance with HSPD-12.

Project Drivers

  • FIPS 140-2 certified smart card support for Windows and Linux systems.
  • Active Directory authentication across all systems.
  • Privileged access management.
  • Detailed reporting capabilities for security assessments.
  • Day-one support for new OS releases.

The Solution

The National Weather Service leveraged the following Centrify Zero Trust Privilege capabilities to achieve their objectives:


Aha Moment

Centrify has helped the National Weather Service to secure privileged access and achieve compliance with HSPD-12. The Centrify Zero Trust Privilege deployment took approximately eight weeks, half of which were for testing. “With Centrify we learned how we could join heterogeneous server operating systems to Active Directory to manage those systems and enforce Group Policy as well — that was a big plus,” says Jeff Williams, Systems Integration Chief for the National Weather Service.

Centrify was up and running within 30 minutes in some of our field offices. The deployment manager made it simple and we had great support from customer service. We haven't had to do anything since implementation. If we conservatively estimate that Centrify saves just one hour for every system in our environment as we perform upgrades, we’re looking at well over $50,000 a year in cost savings.

Jeff Williams, Systems Integration Chief, National Weather Services

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