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Common Access Card (CAC)

What is a Common Access Card?

CAC (Common Access Card), a "smart" card about the size of a credit card, is the standard identification for active-duty military personnel, Selected Reserve, DoD civilian employees and eligible contractor personnel. It’s also the principal card used to enable physical access to buildings and controlled spaces, and it provides access to defense computer networks and systems. All Common Access Cards have an embedded SSL certification that allows a user to no longer needs a username and password and adds a higher level of security for access to the systems.

Every keyboard and access point and most military bases have a slot for the CAC.

Who needs/uses CAC?

Government employees and active-duty Military personnel.

Why did we add CAC to the EFT platform?

One of Globalscape’s largest clients, the U.S. Army, had a specific need to have CAC implemented with EFT. As the need spread across more and more bases and facilities, Globalscape worked to add CAC integration to EFT's ever growing functionality. It’s a part of our commitment to provide top-notch data security to the military.

What is the benefit of using CAC with EFT?

CAC allows for 2-Factor authentication which, in turn, results in a more secure login. Requiring a physical card for authentication makes it much more difficult to “spoof” someone’s account.