Defense issues one-millionth smart card

The Defense Department has processed the one-millionth smart card for its Common Access program.

That puts the department nearly a quarter of the way through distributing 4 million cards to all civilian workers, military personnel and their families by the end of next year. Common Access cards are used for identification and for building and network access, including signing on to the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet. The program is the government's largest smart-card deployment.

DOD uses the Cyberflex Access card from SchlumbergerSema, a division of Schlumberger Ltd. of New York. It has the Java Card run-time environment on a 32K chip and has been certified as meeting Federal Information Processing Standard 140-1 Level 2 cryptographic requirements.

Each card carries an individual's photograph as well as digital certificates and encryption keys for DOD's public-key infrastructure.

DOD last week chose KPMG Consulting Inc. of McLean, Va., to add a biometric feature.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.


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