NSA Will Test A High-Level Access Card

    Date10 Oct 2002
    CategoryGovernment
    3325
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The National Security Agency is planning to test its own version of the Common Access Card at the end of next year. While most Defense Department employees will use the Common Access Card, top NSA officials will use the Universal . . . The National Security Agency is planning to test its own version of the Common Access Card at the end of next year. While most Defense Department employees will use the Common Access Card, top NSA officials will use the Universal Secure Access smart card for physical and network access to DOD facilities.

    NSA recently asked SSP-Litronic Inc. of Irvine, Calif., to come up with a stronger, more secure smart card for its Key Management Infrastructure initiative to develop NSA's public-key infrastructure.

    "This card will be used for higher levels of security than the CAC," said Michael Butler, chief of smart-card programs at DOD.

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