Public Key Infrastructure
The key to a more secure network

Mr. Robert Pohlod

Are you tired of trying to remember numerous passwords?   Are
you interested in saving a few minutes of your time every day? 
Ever wonder how you can better secure the network?  Then read on
about the DoD’s answer to all these questions.

Air Force, Army, other services and the rest of DOD are moving towards
a more secure network. The use of the username and password is outdated
technology and is being replaced by the upcoming Common Access Card and
a personal identification number. No longer will you need to remember a
nine-digit multi character password. In its place is a
six-to-eight-digit numeric PIN. Once DOD has fully integrated PKI
technology, the CAC/PIN will be the only items needed to logon to the
network, access PKI configured web sites, and add a layer of security
and authentication to your e-mails – the username and password will be
a thing of the past.

Due to known minor unresolved issues, some network accounts have been
temporarily exempted from performing SCL. Even though these accounts
will not be required to use SCL, it is highly recommended everyone use
SCL in their day-to-day network business. This has four immediate
benefits: user understands how SCL works, user can verify their CAC and
workstation are SCL ready, user knows their CAC PIN, and most
importantly adds a layer of security to our network.  

Many of you use Outlook Web Access, commonly known as webmail, to
access your USAFE accounts while away from your workstation. OWA and
SCL currently do not work together. USAFE recognizes the importance of
OWA and will not take away this capability unless directed by a higher

Also some network applications are not configured to use SCL. Each wing has its own policy on how to manage network accounts.

If you require OWA or use an application that does not work with SCL,
contact the local communication squadron and/or Wing IA office for
further guidance and support.