Air Force

April 27, 2012

New common access cards coming

Staff Report

Common Access Cards are getting an overhaul and if you don’t take care of yours by Oct. 1, you could get locked out of military networks.

The overhaul is part of a Defense Department-wide effort to better secure your cards with advanced encryption codes, along with the removal of social security numbers to help protect your identity.

The Air Force is in the process of publishing a joint-service instruction to detail all the changes.

If you have an older Common Access Card, you need to have it upgraded. The decision was made earlier this year to ensure all cardholders get the new card by October, including all active-duty airmen, guardsmen, reservists, civilians and contractors.

The changeover began in 2008 with the issuance of a Defense Department-wide Directive Type Memorandum that outlined the plans for increased security for the cards, including a new 2,048-bit encryption, which replaces the 1,024-bit encryption on old cards, as a way to block outsiders from accessing the information embedded within the card.

The additional bits provide stronger security, said Lily Chen, a mathematician with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. “It would take an enormous number that a computer would need to factor, in order to access the secured information,” she said.

NIST is working with DOD to set encryption standards on CACs.

Earlier this year Chinese-based cyber attacks targeted the cards with technology that could steal information from military networks while members with the cards were logged into the networks at their desks.

The changeover has been underway since the first card was sent out in late 2010, according to the Air Force Personnel Center. The Air Force sent notices to ID card issuance sites advising them of who was affected; later, emails were sent out to affected individuals in February.

Go to your Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System, or RAPIDS, card issuance office for more information. You can find the nearest site by visiting www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl. Any RAPIDS site will be able to issue your new card.

Your CAC is your access to DoD networks and facilities and without a valid one, you’ll be locked out. If you can’t make it on time, you’ll need to get approval from manpower officials at your base to push the deadline back.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Untitled-1

Seven little known facts about Memorial Day

As Americans get ready to observe Memorial Day with travel, family get-togethers and celebrations, let us not forget—it’s not about the BBQ. Memorial Day is observed specifically to remember those who gave the ultimate sacr...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kevin Mitterholzer

Recruits swear in at Military Appreciation Night

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kevin Mitterholzer Lt. Col. Erin Meinders, commander, 362nd Recruiting Squadron, swears in 13 new recruits to the Air Force Reserve, during the Inland Empire 66ers Military Appreciation Night ...
 
 

Deployments, TDYs available for combat-ready reservists

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — Reservists seeking a deployment or temporary duty outside their Reserve Component Period vulnerability cycle can use the Volunteer Reserve System to search for opportunities. Located online via the Air Reserve Component Network, known as ARCNet, the VRS had 81 “want ads” posted May 12. These listed vacancies ranged from...
 

 
Courtesy photo

Treasure uncovered near March Air Reserve Base

Courtesy photo Defense Visual Information Record Center archivist Pedro Loureiro, sifts through mounds of submitted materials in his office at the Defense Media Activity-Riverside, California, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base...
 
 

163rd Reconnaissance Wing

U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Neil Ballecer Airmen from the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing pose for a group photo at the start of the wing’s first Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPIH) celebration. The event featured cuisine from an array of Asian and Pacific-Island cultures as well as a display of traditional clothing. May...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Megan Crusher

Team March bolsters Nepal earthquake relief efforts

U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Megan Crusher Team March Airmen and members from an elite 57-person team, known as the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 2 (CA-TF2), prepare equipment to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III a...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin