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As part of its public key infrastructure (PKI) initiative, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) has issued almost five million digital certificates to military personnel and civilian contractors. This digital certificate, stored on a smart card called the Common Access Card, includes the user’s name, organization, and other identification information. The CAC is used to secure mission-critical applications such as email, web server access, network access, and system login. As part of the DoD “Defense In Depth” strategy, all DoD senders must digitally sign email messages using their CAC. However, like any physical credential, digital certificates must be validated at time of use to ensure the certificate has not been revoked or has expired. In particular, DoD organizations must validate the status of the digital certificate stored on the CAC when used to sign an email message or perform any trusted transaction.
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