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Comply with mandates for secure access to DoD information systems

The DoD has established the External Certification Authority (ECA) program to support the issuance of DoD-approved certificates to industry partners and other external entities and organizations. The ECA program is designed to provide the mechanism for these entities to securely communicate with the DoD and authenticate to DoD information systems.

A comprehensive portfolio of DoD ECA digital certificates

About ECA Certificates

About ECA Certificates

Issued to individuals for access and signing and to servers to  enable website security

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Specifications for ECA Certificates

Specifications for ECA Certificates

Rated as medium assurance and available in software or hardware storage options

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Applications for ECA Certificates

Applications for ECA Certificates

DoD application sponsors determine the type of certificate required for access

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Foreign ECA Certificates

About Foreign ECA Certificates

Issued to U.S. citizens residing in government-approved foreign countries

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The IdenTrust Difference

United States Department of Defense Seal

IdenTrust works directly with the DoD Program Office to make it as simple as possible for users to obtain the correct ECA certificate.  By establishing relationships with the application owners, we know exactly what type of ECA certificate the application requires.   Through our self-service model, IdenTrust enables individuals to order the appropriate ECA certificate with any required hardware (i.e., smart card or USB Token) and required middleware in a single process.    

  • Organizations may purchase vouchers in larger quantities that can then be provided to individual employees.  This allows the organization to track costs, reduce credit card reimbursements to employees and track who is using ECA digital certificates.      
  • Since hardware is shipped directly to the individual who is ordering the certificate, the organization does not need to maintain or track hardware inventory.  In addition, the additional cost of shipping smart cards or USB Tokens to users is eliminated.  

To ensure that employees are able to seamlessly use their ECA certificate, IdenTrust provides world-class technical support at no extra cost!

Certificate Management Center

Use our Certificate Management Center (CMC) to manage and renew your DoD ECA certificate!