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Pentagon ponders access beyond the CAC

The Defense Department is exploring ways to build on the success of its Common Access Card (CAC) by extending identity management options to mobile devices.

For today’s DOD, mobile identity and access management depends on the CAC, which in turn is tied to the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. DEERS is the central database that DOD's Defense Manpower Data Center uses to manage the identities of roughly 42 million troops, civilians, contractors, dependents and retirees. 

DOD officials said they are exploring ways to move the department away from the bulky external card readers on which CACs rely. Officials are examining possibilities in near-field communications — the technology that allows some Android users to share data by touching phones — as well as in derived credentials employed via options such as microSD and SIM cards that are inserted into devices. Even biometric identification is on the table, according to a report in FCW

But any next-generation identity management solutions will have to clear policy and technology hurdles — and not just at the Pentagon. Read more on the challenges of two-factor mobile identification at FCW.

Posted by GCN Staff on Dec 09, 2013 at 10:07 AM


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