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Defense looks to the next wave of PKI and smart-card use

The Defense Department’s public-key infrastructure program manager will meet with CIO John Stenbit early next month to detail an evolutionary strategy for the department’s further development of PKI technologies. Just months away from an October mandate that requires over 4 million active-duty, civilian, contractors and some reservists to use the department’s PKI-ready Common Access Card program for network authentication and digital signatures, the Defense PKI Office is looking ahead to the next wave of PKI for securing e-mail, said Jim Degenford, PKI program management office advocate. The office is also wants to add biometrics to the smart cards. The cards currently use the Java Card run-time environment on 32K chips. The next-generation of cards will carry 64K chips, Degenford said yesterday at a conference in Alexandria, Va., sponsored by Silanis Technology of St. Laurent, Quebec. Full Story

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